Manicure and applying artificial nails look beautiful. The chemicals used for these purposes might be dangerous and might cause local allergies. Let us see some of the risks associated with manicuring and artificial nail application. Performing skin tests with the chemicals used in manicuring can minimize the various risks associated with these cosmetic procedures.
These Are Risks Of Manicures And Artificial Nails
Contact type allergies occur due to the presence of chemicals in the manicure material. These chemicals include butyl phenol formaldehyde, ethyl cyanoacrylate, ethyl methacrylate, benzophenone and tricresyl ethyl phthalate. These allergies are usually observed in the finger tips or nails and nail beds. They can cause pain, irritation, burning sensation, redness, swelling or itching.
Systemic Hypersensitive Reactions
Manicures and artificial nails can lead to systemic hypersensitive reactions resulting in serious adverse effects. The systemic adverse effects include irritation or itching in the face or neck, inflammation in those areas and breathing complications like asthma. As the person does not predict the cause of these reactions to be the chemicals in the manicure, the doctor will not be told about the same. If the body responds adversely to any chemical, it is understood that the person must not use that chemical anymore as the body would create a severe immune response against the chemical. This immune response would lead to damaging consequences.
Nail textures can be damaged by some of the hardening agents or nail polish colors like yellow dye. The hardening agents include formaldehyde resin, toluene sulfonamide formaldehyde resin, thermoplastic resin, and nickel in mixing beads. They deposit some grainy stains on the surface of the nails. Although, they cannot cause direct damage, during the process of removing the stains, the nail layers are also scraped off. This would gradually result in nail thinning. When there is any small physical pressure, it might cause breakage in the nails.
Some chemicals in nail polish remover such as methyl ethyl acetone, butyl acetate, formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, isopropyl alcohol, ethyl acetate cause dehydrating effect. These are used in manicure and artificial nail application leading to drying of nails further resulting in fragile nails. The nails gradually becomes brittle.
Any damage done to the nail skin surrounding the nail or nail bed due to the harsh chemicals or due to the physical procedure can make the skin susceptible to infections. These infections can cause problems in the local areas as well as turn into systemic infections.