Think Twice

Posted on March 1st, by staff in Dermatological Advice, Health. No Comments

Think Twice

Ladies, those popular gel manicures you’re getting every two weeks are not good for your nails and hands for 3 reasons, notes The American Academy of Dermatology in a just-released press statement.

REASON #1 The durable polish can cause brittleness, peeling and fragile nail beds. It can also camouflage underlying nail diseases such as an infection or tumor, delaying diagnosis and treatment.

REASON #2 Gel nail polish is hard to remove because nails must be soaked in acetone for at least 10-15 minutes to rid of the polish. Acetone is very drying to the nails and irritating to the skin surrounding the nail. This might cause contact dermatitis.

REASON #3 The ultraviolet UV lamps used to seal the polish to the nail poses may up your risk for skin cancer.


Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen on your hands at least 15 minutes prior to minimize photodamage.


To read the full AAD report, click here.