WARNING: Gel Manicures May Be Harmful To Your Nails

As of late, gel manicures has taken the nail art world by storm, promising shiny, chip-free nails for up to three weeks. There are two types of gel, soft gel and hard gel, in which the latter is tough enough (when cured) to be made into a nail extension.

I don’t know about you, but I love gel manicures! It’s a lot pricier than doing normal manicure but gel definitely lasts longer. You don’t have to worry about nail chipping, especially if you’re doing the dishes or cooking or laundry every day.

However, we do need to address one mind-boggling question: “Is it possible to be allergic to gel manicures?”

Dermatologists have issued a warning that methacrylate chemical, which is the key ingredients in acrylic and gel nails, are causing an “allergy epidemic” in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

A study by the British Association of Dermatologists have found that allergic reactions are likely to happen when gel manicures that are still wet touch the skin.

The allergy may involve loosening nails, a severe red and itchy rash, which could happen anywhere on the body that comes into contact with the nails — including your genital area.

Dr David Orton said:

“It is really important that people know they can develop allergies from artificial nails. The truth is that there will be many women out there with these allergies who remain undiagnosed, because they may not link their symptoms to their nails, especially if the symptoms occur elsewhere on the body.”

He continued:

“ It is important that they get a diagnosis so that they can avoid the allergen but also because developing an allergy to these chemicals can have lifelong consequences for dental treatments and surgeries where devices containing these allergens are in common use.”

Regardless of doing gel or traditional nail polish formula, as long as you’re getting a mani of any kind can actually weaken your natural nails, as it can lead to dehydration and thinning of the nail plate. But the major difference of gel and traditional polish is that gel polish will only dry under direct UV or LED light contact, while regular nail polish can be air-dried.

Here are some tips for you if you still want to get your gel manicure done.

1. Give your nails some lovin’ once you’ve removed your gel manicure. Let your nails re-hydrate with a thick emollient or an overnight mask to repair the surrounding skin, cuticle and nails.

2. You should also avoid getting gel manicures back to back to prevent your nails from getting damaged. This will give time for your natural nails to repair and get hydrated.

3. Most importantly, keep your nails hydrated with vitamin C and coconut, apricot and avocado oils.

So now you know what to do. Before getting your nails done on your next appointment, perhaps it would be wise for you to consult a dermatologist first and find out if you’re actually allergic to gel or acrylic manicures. I sure hope I’m not!