Gel manicure may damage nails, delay diagnosis

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They’re durable and long-lasting, but gel manicures may also cause problems.

The American Academy of Dermatology says frequent use of gel manicures can cause nail thinning, brittleness, peeling and cracking.

It’s not clear if nail brittleness is caused by chemicals in the gel nail polish, or by the acetone soaks needed to remove the polish.

Experts also warn that when nails are continually covered by polish, it can hide problems underneath the nail such as infection or tumor and that could delay diagnosis and treatment.

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  • Shari Finger

    As a salon owner and nail technician for over 25 years,specializing in the development of a healthy nail. i strongly dispute the information in given in this story. At Finger's we have been offering gel manicures for about 4 years and have had nothing but positive results. AND in many cases such as customer with peeling/ layering nails it actually improves the health of the natural nail.
    Here are the things to look for when choosing a salon to do a gel manicure.
    1. Uses sanitized implements and you and your tech should both wash your hands 2. The tech should be gentle when pushing back cuticle and filing the nail (no heavy filing on top of the nail) 3. They should not scrap or pry gel polish off ever! it melts off in 10 min in acetone 4. A ll gel polish is no the same, be sure your salon is using a product lie Shellac (my favorite) . 5. A gel mani last about 14 days and when you take it off simple look at your nails and if you see something that doesn't look right ask your technician about it and if they don't know what it is or how to fix it , don't go back to that salon! If you have any question feel free to email me and I will be happy to answer them.

    • Joy

      I’ve always had very strong healthy nails. I got my first gel nails because I wanted nails that would last and I loved this. The polish last 3 weeks, so I had my nails redone. When the gel was removed I notice that my mails were very rough, but I got them again, 3 weeks later, I got my nails redone. Less that a week after that my nails started breaking, every one of them broke. I had the polished removed. My nails look awful and they are rough and brittle. I will never get gel again.

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