Gel manicure should be used with caution

2 Mar 2013, 16:30
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Gel manicure

Frequent use of gel manicure can cause thinning of the nails, as well as cracking, peeling and thinning according to the press release from American Academy of Dermatology.


“In general, any manicure left in place for an extended period of time is not a good idea because you are not seeing what is going on underneath the nail polish,” Dr. Chris Adigun, an assistant professor of dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City, said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release.


“As is the case with most things, moderation is the key when it comes to gel manicures,” she said. “If you get them regularly, you need to be aware of the possible consequences and see a board-certified dermatologist if a persistent nail problem develops.”


It has not been understood yet whether the mentioned problems are caused by the chemicals used for manicure or the acetone and other solvents that are applied when taking it off. They are definitely harmful for skin able to irritate and over-dry it.


Another big problem is that nails covered with manicure are not visible, so many health conditions like fungi and even skin cancer can go on unnoticed.


There release provided following tips for proper manicure:


  • Pay attention to your nails and allow them to regrow and repair. Consider getting gel manicures only occasionally to decrease the risk of problems.

  • When getting gel manicures, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen on your hands to minimize damage caused by exposure to UV light during the curing process.

  • Tell the manicurist not to push or manipulate the cuticle because that will increase the risk of inflammation and infection and also dry out the nail.

  • Use traditional nail polish instead of gel nail polish if you have recurring nail problems, or if you have an allergy to acetone, which is used to remove gel manicures.

  • Rehydrate your nails several times a day with a moisturizing product, such as petroleum jelly, to combat brittleness, thinning and chipping.

  • When removing gel nail polish, do not chip it with other nails or tools.

  • Soak only the nails, not the whole hand or fingers, in acetone while nail polish is being removed. This will help prevent skin irritation. If you get gel manicures frequently, consider buying finger wraps that expose only the nails and protect surrounding skin.

  • If you notice any unusual changes to the nails, see a dermatologist.


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