Acetone on the Skin

Acetone is best known to most DIY enthusiasts as a solvent. But for the concrete health burden, few people know about the consequences. Likewise, when acetone gets on the skin. What acetone on the skin means, we have summarized below.

Acetone is versatile

Acetone has been known to man since the early 17th century. The solvent has since been used for a variety of tasks. Thus acetone is an important building block in the production of acrylic glass. But acetone is also suitable for other tasks in small quantities:

  • Adding fuel in smallest quantities for better combustion
  • as a cleaner and solvent for resins and oil paints
  • for degreasing workpieces, for example before soldering
  • as a nail polish remover
  • as a cleaning agent for example Building foam pistols
  • as an adhesive for certain plastics

Corresponding to these areas of application, acetone is also frequently found in the equipment of do-it-yourselfers and hobbyists. However, this should be known more about the health risks and risks.

Acetone is classified as toxic

First, acetone is toxic, ie toxic. It can be taken orally, but also on the skin and eyes. Depending on the room temperature and the evaporation surface of the acetone, significant contamination of the ambient air may already occur by 20 degrees. The acetone not only reaches the skin, but also the eyes and is also inhaled into the lungs.

Acetone has a degreasing effect - not just on work pieces

The consequences can be dizziness and headaches. In larger quantities, unconsciousness quickly sets in. For the skin, acetone is particularly dangerous because of the properties it is used on workpieces. As an excellent product for degreasing and removing oils and oil-containing substances, acetone also has a "cleansing" effect on the skin. However, in a negative sense.

Acetone degreases the skin massively

The acetone destroys the fatty layer on the skin. This leads to very rapid drying of the skin. Direct consequences can be felt even with a single work with acetone. The skin becomes cracked and brittle. With permanent use and intensive contact with the skin, acetone can even trigger dermatitis.

Also long-term damage through skin contact

However, these are only the direct and immediate consequences of acetone on the skin. At the same time, acetone enters the body via the skin, ie into the bloodstream. In case of prolonged contact of acetone via the skin, damage to the blood and even the bone marrow can be detected as a direct result of medical treatment.

Protective clothing, good ventilation or venting

When working with acetone regularly or for a long time, it is therefore imperative to take protective measures to protect it. In any case, the trade associations, the state accident insurance and other institutions specifically stipulate for craftsmen and on construction sites how to deal with acetone.

Protective measures for DIY enthusiasts

Home improvement is strongly advised to wear protective clothing, especially to protect the skin against contact with acetone. In addition, the solvent should preferably be used outdoors or in very well-ventilated rooms (preferably with a correspondingly powerful trigger).

Tips & TricksAfter working with acetone, the skin should first be cleaned and then greased well. Skin creams based on glycerine and other substances are well suited.
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