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How to ruin your nails for sure? [PART 2]

Furunculosis, fragility, melanoma, and other horrors of the nail world

Hello to all responsible nail stylists and their clients!

In the first part of the blog, we talked about the most common nail diseases after beauty procedures. We remind you: self-care should not be harmful! Neat, healthy nails are not about how often you paint them in a beauty salon or how deeply you remove the cuticles, but about how scrupulously you choose YOUR technician and how much you know about sterilization, disinfection rules.

And we will return to the topic of nail diseases after manicure and pedicure. Today’s agenda: why are foot baths and cheap polishes dangerous, can the coating cause fragility of nails, and is everything so obvious with ultraviolet lamps?

Micro bacterial furunculosis

And let’s start with a pedicure. A common disease that can be contracted during the procedure is micro bacterial furunculosis. It not only ruins nails but also causes pain, swelling, redness, and itching.

The “home” of the bacteria mycobacterium fortuitum is the pedicure baths built into the chairs. Due to their special design, such containers are difficult to rinse and disinfect.

To reduce the risk of contracting micro bacterial furunculosis, dermatologists advise clients not to shave their legs before a pedicure. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream through fresh wounds.

ADVICE FOR THE TECHNICIAN: All baths, instruments, and auxiliary materials must be sterilized and disinfected. You can also offer the client a disposable cellophane insert for the pre-pedicure bath. And catch a list of rules for a safe beauty procedure.


Thinning of the nail plate

Applying and removing gel polish can worsen the nails’ condition, mainly contributing to their fragility. The researchers measured how much the nail plate gets thinner due to the frequent use of gel polish. It turned out that the nail plate became thinner in measurements by different methods from 0.63 mm to 0.5 mm and 0.59 mm to 0.3 mm. In the second case, almost two times!

Dr. Dana Stern, a dermatologist specializing in nails, said that in a study by the Miami School of Medicine, scientists warned that manicure gel polish causes thinning of nails due to the chemical components of polishing, as well as due to removal using products containing acetone… According to Dana, which she shared with Women’s Health Australia magazine, it is the process of removing gel polish that destroys nails the most.

ADVICE FOR THE TECHNICIAN: pay attention. Before starting work, carefully examine the client’s hands, ask about the nails’ condition, fragility, and related problems. If you can see that the nails are in a deplorable state and need a “rest” from the gel polish – do not hesitate to tell the client about this and offer an alternative option.


Allergic contact dermatitis

Doctors assure that chemical compounds in applying or removing gel polish means can cause allergic dermatitis.

The manicure technician blames cheap Chinese materials in her Twitter thread: “Gel polish, being a novelty, cost a lot of money – about 1.5 thousand rubles per bottle. To which China said, “hold my beer” and began mass production of toxic garbage worth 50-100 rubles. China gave us: chemical burns of the nail plate and allergy to gel polish, which looks like watery blisters that affect fingers and hands. Needless to say that after such an allergic reaction, any material causes the same?”

ADVICE FOR THE TECHNICIAN: scrupulously study the materials market, consult with colleagues and instructors. Visit exhibitions, where, among all the abundance, you can choose high-quality materials and, at the same time, find out from consultants all the information of interest.


A detachment of the nail

Gel polish itself is quite massive and dense. On long nails, it further increases the risk of mechanical damage. The situation is made worse by wearing the same gel for a long time.

According to the nail technician from Twitter: “The gel polish, in theory, is designed for three weeks. But the masters have brought to the point that many can wear for two months – “and what, without chips!” However, since the material outweighs the nail, the nail breaks most often under the stress zone. “

ADVICE FOR THE TECHNICIAN: strictly warn clients about changing gel polish after three weeks. It`ll be ideal in such a situation is to make an appointment with a person at once for a certain time. Do not give in to persuasion to reanimate a nail that is broken near to hyponychium. Nothing good will come of this because foreign materials will interfere with further healing.


Melanoma (skin cancer) risk

No sooner had the beauties of the world come to their senses after frightening research on the dangers of tanning salons and direct sunlight, then a new cause for alarm arrived. The UV lamps where clients put their fingers to fix gel polish – are they dangerous or not?

In several foreign publications in articles about manicure’s dangers, oncology`s increasing risk was mentioned due to additional UV rays exposure. Through their lenses, dermatologists warn that even a small amount of radiation to dry the nails is added to the general background and somewhat increases the risks of cancer and, in general, skin aging in the areas exposed to radiation.

But there is other news: this topic has not been studied enough yet. According to dermatologists Marie Jhin and Jackie Dosal, it is unlikely that you can get skin cancer just by visiting a nail salon regularly. Dermatologists attribute this to a weak and short-lived lamp exposure. With all this, they added that the overall risk of getting melanoma increases in proportion to the frequency of UV exposure.

ADVICE FOR THE TECHNICIAN: listen carefully to the client. If she says that the fingers in the lamp bake a lot, an allergic reaction and discomfort appear – you should not put the person in pain. Beauty is no longer worth such sacrifices.


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