Understanding the Potential Negative Effects of Nail Polish, Acrylics, and Gels on Your Nail Health

As much as we love a good pedicure, it’s important to understand the potential negative effects of nail polish, acrylics, and gels on the health of our nails. To help you better understand how these products can impact your nail health, we’ve put together some commonly asked questions and answers.

What are some potential adverse effects of nail polish, acrylics, and gels on nail health?

Nail polish can dry out nails, making them brittle and prone to breakage. Acrylics and gels can trap moisture, leading to fungal infections. Constantly wearing nail polish can also prevent nails from breathing, leading to discolouration and a weakened nail bed.

How often should I take a break from wearing nail polish or acrylics?

Experts recommend taking a break every few weeks to allow your nails to breathe and recover. You can also try incorporating nail-strengthening treatments or nourishing oils into your routine to promote healthy nail growth.

How can I promote healthy nail growth?

In addition to taking breaks between pedicures, there are several other ways to promote healthy nail growth. These include keeping nails clean and dry, filing nails in one direction, avoiding biting or picking at nails, and eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals.

What should I do if I notice signs of nail infection?

If you notice signs of nail infection, such as redness, swelling, or pus, it’s essential to seek medical attention immediately. We recommend discussing any issues with a podiatrist or doctor. A podiatrist will assess the nails and give you a plan on the best ways to manage any nail issues. Make an appointment at one of our clinics at Salamander Bay or Mayfield if you wish to speak with a podiatrist or message us; we would be happy to chat.

In summary, while nail polish, acrylics, and gels can be great for achieving stylish pedicures, it’s important to balance beauty with nail health. You can promote strong, healthy nails for years to come by taking breaks between pedicures and incorporating healthy nail practices into your routine.

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