Acrylic nails are popular offerings available in nail salons or for at-home use. Although the global popularity of nail cosmetics is increasing, acrylic nails may pose some health and safety risks.
This article explores how acrylic nails may impact a person’s health, tips for nail care, and when to contact a doctor. It also answers some common questions about acrylic nails.
Allergic reactions and eczema
Some individuals who get acrylic nails experience an allergic reaction called contact dermatitis, which is a type of eczema. This may be a reaction to the artificial nails themselves or to the glue a person uses to attach them.
It is important for individuals who notice symptoms of eczema after contact with acrylics to speak with a doctor. A healthcare professional may prescribe medication or recommend over-the-counter products to treat eczema. They may also recommend that a person avoid using acrylic nails.
Acrylic products can cause damage to the nails themselves. They may cause a condition called “worn-down nail syndrome,” which involves the thinning of the nail after exposure to acrylics and nail filing.
Other safety concerns
People with acrylic nails may be
Artificial nails are an important part of self-expression for many individuals. Although they may pose health risks, there are steps to take that may prevent or reduce nail damage.
Regardless of the type of artificial nail, it is important for a person to avoid picking at these nails or peeling them off. A person may reduce the risk of their nails breaking or thinning by following proper removal instructions.
The ultraviolet (UV) light many nail salons use to set artificial nails can also be damaging. A person can decrease their exposure to UV light by connecting with a salon that uses LED curing lights instead. Because UV light
Finally, a person may minimize how often they use acrylic nails to support their natural nail health. A person may decide to only use acrylic nails for special occasions, for example.
It is advisable for anyone experiencing symptoms of an allergic reaction, nail infection, or skin irritation to contact a healthcare professional.
Red or discolored patches of dry skin
Thickened, cracked, or fragile nails
Below are some of the most common questions about acrylic nails.
Why are acrylic nails not allowed in many healthcare settings?
Acrylic nails trap more bacteria than natural nails can. Healthcare professionals wearing acrylic nails may increase the risk of infections among the people they treat. Because of this, many healthcare settings do not allow employees to wear artificial nails.
What is a safer alternative to acrylic nails?
Soak-off gel nails may pose less risk of nail damage than acrylic nails. A person may also wear nail polish alone as another less abrasive option.
How to revive nails after wearing acrylics?
It is advisable for a person to properly remove acrylic nails to minimize damage to their natural nails. Keeping nails clean and trimmed also promotes natural nail health. Rounding the tips of the nails slightly can maintain nail strength as the nails heal.
Acrylic nails are popular nail choices that generally do not cause serious health effects. However, acrylic nails may cause nail damage or skin irritation.
Individuals who get acrylic nails may experience allergic reactions, eczema, or nail thinning. By using artificial nails less and following proper nail care, a person may reduce their risk of adverse effects.
It is a good idea for anyone experiencing nail or skin problems after wearing or applying acrylic nails to contact a doctor to determine any appropriate treatment.