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What are some safety tips for using artificial nails?

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  • If you’ve had nail fungus before, stay away from artificial nails.
  • Don’t use them to cover up nail problems.
  • Get nails that can be soaked off instead of filed off.
  • Ask your manicurist not to cut or push back the cuticles too much.
  • Pick a salon that hardens gel polish with LED lights. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your hands before you go.
  • Use cream moisturizer on your nails, especially after you soak them in acetone.
  • Take a break from artificial nails every couple of months.

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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