Have You Ever Been Allergic to Acrylic Nails?

Nails have always been and still are one of the most amazing beauty accessories. We may now look for nail inspiration via Google or social media. Although I've become a nail connoisseur, I still enjoy the occasional complete set of acrylic nails—some designs just last longer and look better with acrylic extensions. You may already know that acrylic nails can cause allergic reactions, but did you know that certain varieties thin your natural nails? I was intrigued to learn what makes acrylics so dangerous to our skin, and you may be as well. A team spoke with board-certified dermatologist Hadley King, MD, to find out how acrylics affect our skin. According to Deborah Lippmann, a renowned manicurist, if you are like me and didn't know about this issue and you have been suffering from skin irritation after your manicure, there are ideas that do not require acrylics.


Nail technicians create a tough base for nail polish by using a powder and a liquid to create an opaque gel that adheres to the nail and then hardens. Soaking the nails in acetone releases nail polish.

According to King, acrylic nails are formed from a monomer liquid and powder polymer paste bonded to the natural nail. So what makes acrylic nails cause allergies? It's likely that methacrylate, a substance in both phases, is responsible.

Is it possible to be allergic to acrylic nail polish?

According to King, artificial nails can leave your nails thin, brittle, and dehydrated, irritate the skin around your nails or cause allergic contact dermatitis. In addition, methacrylate can cause an allergic reaction to the skin in a small percentage of people.

Your nail technician is cutting around the cuticle. Even if you love the look afterward, the skin has been eliminated. King advises against trimming cuticles. She warns that cuticles safeguard the nail and surrounding skin from infection.

Instead of cutting the cuticle, use a liquid cuticle melter to solve the issue. Butter London's Melt Away Cuticle Exfoliator is an excellent choice. After two minutes, the formula gently removes dry cuticles without cutting them. I then finish with cuticle oil or cream.

There are specific indications that you may be allergic to acrylic nails.

Symptoms of acrylic nail allergy include:2

If you react, here are some things you can do.

King says irritant and allergic contact dermatitis can manifest in the same manner. If you experience a rash or bumps that resemble an allergic reaction, seek medical care from a board-licensed dermatologist who can provide topical corticosteroids to reduce inflammation.

Acrylic nails are no longer the only option.

There are plenty of choices for nail art that will last up to two weeks, even though they don't provide as much self-expression. According to celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippman, gel or nail wraps are a good choice if you want acrylic nails. Even though you shouldn't bypass the manicure phase before applying the enhancement, you may still get the benefits of a proper manicure: “No matter what enhancement you select, you should always get a full manicure beforehand,” says Lippman. Let's discuss alternatives.

Temporary adornments for the nails.

The independent nail artists are now my jam, and they can deliver custom press-ons right to your doorstep. Mainstream brands have options. These sets are reusable. Make nail art eco-friendly.

Fake nail polish covers.

Nail polish wraps are a great alternative to acrylics because they provide unique designs and can be removed with nail polish remover. When you're first starting, any nail service will benefit from an oil-free, clean foundation. As with press-ons, nail polish wraps come in various sizes so that you may find the perfect one.

Once you've found your perfect match, applying the nail wraps is simple, but one thing you should remember: When filing off the excess nail wrap file behind your nail, prevent you from filing off or chipping the design.

Nail wraps in the gel are available.

Acrylics are a popular choice for beauty salons, but if you prefer to paint your nails at home, you may opt for a gel manicure. The main difference between these two nail polish products is their ingredient makeup. While nail polish is used to create traditional nail wraps, gel polish is used to make gel nail wraps. Because it is made of gel rather than nail polish, UV light is needed to fully cure the nail wrap, making it a long-lasting nail treatment option. It is simple to mold to various nail shapes and sizes because it is flexible.

The ultimate takeaway.

No matter if you have experienced an allergic reaction to acrylic nails or are looking for an opportunity to take a break from them, many alternatives are available. If you still love acrylics, our dermatologist has one piece of advice: 'Leave artificial nails for special occasions.' Not only will this allow your nails to rest, but it will also make your appointments with your nail specialist even more special.


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