We get it ladies, there’s nothing quite as soothing or satisfying as getting a manicure after a long day at work. Sure, relaxing in bed is all well and good, but there’s just something about getting your nails done that puts you in relaxation mode like nothing else. But with so many ways to get our nails done, it’s often difficult to choose. Most women often opt for the traditional acrylic.
And just in case you’ve been living under a rock over the years, acrylics are fake nails placed on your real nails, either painted a colour of your choosing or covered in “fillings” — a white or clear powder substance. Ladies, we can all probably agree that whether or not we get acrylics frequently, they sure do look nice on our nails. But as you’ve probably heard once or twice before, they’re not necessarily the most sanitary beauty indulgence.
The truth is, they can be seriously damaging your health. Take a look below at the hidden dangers of getting acrylics and be aware the next time you head to the salon for that filling!
Kay’s curious…What are the dangers of using acrylic and tips?
The Beauty Brains respond:
The good news is, overall, it’s pretty uncommon for acrylic nails to cause significant health problems. Of course, that’s assuming that the technicians are careful and have properly sterilized their instruments. Nonetheless, there’s still cause for concern. From Dermatology Times, here are four dangers of acrylic nails:
1. Nasty nail abuse
Mistreating your artificial nails can have serious consequences. It’s particularly bad to make the mistake of using your nails as a tool. According to Zoe Draelos, M.D., a High Point, N.C., dermatologist “Some of those nail sculptures are so rigid that a lot of people will use them, for instance, to clean things or as some type of screwdriver. The problem, says Dr Draelos, is that “the bond between the artificial nail and the real nail is stronger than the bond between the real nail and the nail bed, so it rips the nail from the nail bed, and that creates a space for which infection can occur.”
2. Chemical calamity
Chemical allergens used in acrylic nails and nail polishes can also cause problems. The top offenders: formaldehyde (which is used to crosslink polymers), methyl methacrylate (the resin that make up the bulk of the nail); and the tiny metal balls in the bottom of your bottle of nail polish. (That’s because the balls can contain traces of nickel, a known allergen.
3. Cursed UV cure
Gel-sculptured nails (the kind that requires curing with a UV light) can be problematic for people who are on photosensitizing medications. Dr. Draelos warns that “if a customer is taking something like tetracycline, which can sensitize them to light, there could potentially be a phototoxic reaction in the nail bed if the sculptured nails are cured under a bright light.”
4. Perilous polish removal
Nail polish removers can be damaging to (real and artificial!) because of their drying effect. Once the nail is dried out it can easily peel and crack. Dr. Draelos recommends using nail polish remover only every other week – which means you should do a good job of applying polish so it lasts.
5. The hard-to-clean area underneath your nail may cause your nails to be extra sensitive, especially if an MMA based Acrylic (Methyl Methacrylate) is used. Though they’ve been banned for use on nails because of toxicity, some low-end nail salons still it.
6. Acrylics may create inflamed or itchy cuticles if the tools used to apply them are worn out or coarse. Be mindful of those which have sharp odours — this is a sign that something is off.
7. Depending on your nail strength, acrylics may cause a splitting or painful nail plate. Pay close attention to how strong and think your nails are. Extremely thin nails may not be the best for acrylics.
8. It might be hard to spot, but infection below the nail bed can become all too real. This also goes back to overused, worn out nail tools.
9. Pay attention to your nail growth over time. Acrylics often weaken nails, making them prone to breakage.