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Can artificial nails weaken your natural nails?

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To remove acrylic or gel nails, you soak your fingers in acetone for 10 minutes or longer. This chemical is very drying to your real nails and can irritate your skin. Some artificial nails must be filed off. That can make your natural nails thin, brittle, and weak.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Artificial nails: Dermatologists’ tips for reducing nail damage.”

The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology : “Cosmetically induced disorders of the nail with update on contemporary nail manicures.”

FDA: “How to safely use nail care products.”

Mayo Clinic: “Can I harm my natural nails by wearing acrylic nails?” “Nail fungus.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Gel manicures can be tough on nails.”

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: “Athlete’s foot.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Adult foot health.”

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Nail Psoriasis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 01, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Artificial nails: Dermatologists’ tips for reducing nail damage.”

The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology : “Cosmetically induced disorders of the nail with update on contemporary nail manicures.”

FDA: “How to safely use nail care products.”

Mayo Clinic: “Can I harm my natural nails by wearing acrylic nails?” “Nail fungus.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Gel manicures can be tough on nails.”

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: “Athlete’s foot.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Adult foot health.”

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Nail Psoriasis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 01, 2018

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