Everyone loves a good manicure, and what better than gel nail polish that gives you that amazing finish without worrying about chipping or chipping? But wait: Did you know that regular use of gel polish can lead to “brittleness, flaking, and cracking of the nails” and “increased the risk of skin cancer and premature aging of the skin on the hands,” according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association?
In addition, nail polish UV dryers used in beauty salons may increase the risk of cancer by causing mutations in cells, according to a study published in Nature Communications .
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What exactly is gel nail polish?
Gel polish, made up of a combination of nail polish and gel, is a type of long-lasting nail polish that is cured under a UV or LED lamp. Unlike regular nail polish, which typically lasts a week or less, gel polish can last up to three weeks without chipping, peeling, or fading.
Why its regular use is not safe
Speaking to indianexpress.com, Dr. Deepa Krishnamurthy, Consultant Dermatologist at Manipal Hospital, Sarjapur, Bangalore, says: “Gel manicures can cause nails to become brittle, peel and crack. In addition, frequent use of gel manicures could increase the risk of developing skin cancer and premature aging of the skin on the hands.”
Dr. Kisalay Saurav Jha, Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetologist at Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, added: “In addition, the gel preparation contains methacrylate and benzoyl peroxide as chemicals. These can cause allergy, sensitivity and skin irritation after application. Furthermore, exposure to UV/LED rays can lead to sunburn, tanning and premature aging of the skin and, in rare cases, skin cancer.”
Regular use of gel nail polish can lead to premature aging of the skin
Patch test to find out if gel nail polish causes allergies
However, Dr. Sonali Kohli, a consultant dermatologist and venereologist at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre, says that gel nail polish is usually safe if “applied and removed correctly.” However, she advises doing a “patch test” to make sure you don’t have a problem. allergy.
“If you have sensitive skin or a history of allergies, it’s important to test gel nail polish before applying it to the entire nail. This involves applying a small amount of the polish to a small area of skin, such as the inside of your wrist, and waiting at least 24 hours to see if any allergic reaction occurs. If you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, such as redness, itchiness, or swelling, you should avoid using gel nail polish and consult a dermatologist,” Kohli shares.
Things to consider when getting a gel manicure
Dr. Vandana Punjabi, Senior Consultant Dermatology at Nanavati Max Super Specialty Hospital, shared tips to keep in mind if you plan to get a gel manicure. They are the following:
– Let your nails rest between each application of gel polish to keep them healthy and strong.
– Use good quality bases and topcoats to protect your nails and make the polish last even longer.
– Follow the recommended drying time for UV lamps and consider using LED lamps, which usually take less time to dry the polish.
– If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, stop using the gel polish and see a dermatologist.