To Gel or Not to Gel?

To Gel or Not to Gel?

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A cosmetic chemist weighs in.

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With words like contact dermatitis (skin reaction from an irritant), onycholysis (separation of nail plate), paronychia (infection around nail bed) and furunculosis (recurring boils on lower legs) being associated with nail salon treatments over the last decade, most nail salons have worked hard to uphold sanitary standards to keep their customers safe.

However, the new term “skin cancer” floating around sounds far more severe and has nothing to do with the sanitary practices of the salon.  You may have heard whisperings or read articles regarding the safety of gel manicures. It may even be a personal concern that you have been wrestling over for the past year—to gel or not to gel. 

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