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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