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    Acrylic skin allergy...Acrylic vs Acetate...

    Is acrylic ever mixed into a cellulose acetate zyl?

    Is the Charmant Elle collection acetate?

    Are they or others coated to keep the acrylic from touching the skin?

    I know acetate is petroleum based while zyl is cellulose (plant) based.

    Patient says some plastic frames cause an almost immediate allergic reaction on the bridge of her nose. This seems especially true if the frame is has crystal around the bridge.

    My Frames Data book doesn't always list the material anymore.

    I didn't find this addressed with a quick search so any help is appreciated.

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    As far as I know acetate is a pure material with nothing added. Acrylic is an entirely separate material. I would just go on the material the client has worn before.

    If she has had allergies it is most likely to cheaper injection molded plastic frames which often have a coating on them.

    Optyl would be a great option as I believe this is hypoallergenic

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    Charmant informs me that Elle's collection is acrylic then epoxy coated so as the coating wears off it would cause an allergic reaction.

    How do you determine frame material?

    Mine is mostly by how it feels with gentle cold bends and flexes.

    I wish Optyl would make a come back. Anyone else miss Terri Brogan???

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