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Myth Busting 


Myth 1: Nail polish is completely safe for use.

BUSTED: While nail polish is generally considered safe when used as directed, it does contain chemicals that can be harmful if ingested or excessively inhaled. It's important to use nail polish in a well-ventilated area and avoid prolonged exposure to the fumes.


Myth 2: Gel Manicures cause skin cancer.  

BUSTED: Gel manicures involve the use of UV LED lamps to cure the gel polish, exposes the skin and nails to very low levels UV radiation. No scientific research has been able to prove it causes skin cancer. 


Myth 3: Nail salons are all regulated and follow strict safety standards.

BUSTED: While many nail salons adhere to safety ideologies per state, not all establishments prioritize safety measures. It's crucial to do proper research and choose a reputable salon that follows hygiene protocols, disinfects tools, and does not use MMA.


Myth 4: Cutting cuticles is okay.

BUSTED: Cuticles serve as a protective barrier for the nail bed, and cutting them can increase the risk of infection. Instead of cutting, it's recommended to push back the cuticles gently using a cuticle pusher or moisturize them regularly.

Myth 5: Nail Products ruin your nails:  

BUSTED: Nail products do not damage your nails.  Damage happens if products are not applied, removed or maintained improperly. Incorrect application, and excessive filing RUIN YOUR NAILS.


Myth 6: Nail products labeled as "organic" or "natural" are always safe.

BUSTED: While some nail products may be marketed as "organic" or "natural," this is misleading and it doesn't guarantee their safety. Always read the ingredient list and request a copy of their SDS sheet to fully understand the chemicals you are using. 


Myth 7: Nail drills are always harmful to the nails.

BUSTED: Nail drills, when used correctly by a trained professional, can be safe and effective for certain nail treatments. However, excessive or improper use of drills can cause damage to the natural nails, so it's essential to choose a skilled, experienced technician who knows how to properly handle the equipment.


Myth 8: Nail salons are the primary source of nail infections.

BUSTED: While nail salons can be a potential source of infections if proper hygiene practices are not followed, nail infections can also occur due to other factors such as nail trauma from stubbing your toe, going barefoot, wearing dirty shoes, using your nails as tools instead of jewels, biting your nails, tearing off hang nails, improper at-home nail care, or pre-existing conditions. 


Myth 9: Nail polish removers without acetone are always safer.

BUSTED: Acetone-free nail polish removers may be less drying to the nails, but they can still contain other harsh chemicals. Additionally, moisturizing the nails after polish removal can help minimize any potential damage.


Myth 10: Hypoallergenic nail products are safe for everyone and won't cause any allergic reactions.

BUSTED:  Hypoallergenic nail products may or may not be designed to reduce the likelihood of causing an allergic reaction.  The term hypoallergenic is not recognized by the FDA.  All nail products have hazardous and toxic iingredients, regardless, how they’re formulated.  Ultimately, individual reactions to nail products can vary, even with anecdotal hypoallergenic formulations. It's always wise to be aware of your own sensitivities, check the ingredients, and listen to your body's response to minimize the risk of allergic reactions.


Myth 11: Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for nail products are not important and can be ignored.

BUSTED: Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for nail products are crucial for understanding the potential hazards and necessary safety measures. Ignoring SDS can lead to health risks and accidents.


SDS for nail products are important because:


1. Hazard Identification: SDS provides information about the potential hazards associated with nail products, such as chemicals that may irritate the skin or eyes. Understanding these hazards helps in taking necessary precautions.


2. Safety Precautions: SDS outlines recommended safety measures, including proper ventilation, use of gloves, and avoiding contact with skin or eyes. Following these guidelines minimizes the risk of accidents or injuries.


3. Emergency Response: In case of accidents or exposure incidents, SDS helps with appropriate first aid measures and actions. Having this information readily available ensures timely and effective response.


Myth 12: Adding extra additives to your monomer doesn't effect the acrylic process.

BUSTED: Adding additional substances to your monomer can compromise the integrity of the product and lead to unpredictable results, including poor quality nails, allergic reactions, or even damage to the natural nail. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for the best and safest results.


Myth 13: LED nail lamps do not emit uv rays.

BUSTED: LED nail lamps employ LED technology to emit UV rays. LED lamps produce narrower wavelengths of UV light, mainly consisting of UVA rays. These lamps are designed specifically for the efficient curing of gel polish, offering faster curing times and reduced exposure to potentially harmful UVB you find in older style nails lamps with tanning bed like bulbs.  


Myth 14: It is safe to touch nail products to your skin.

BUSTED:  Contrary to popular belief, it is not safe to casually touch nail products to your skin. Nail products, including gel polish, nail glue, and acrylic or gel enhancements, contain various chemicals that can potentially cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, or other adverse effects.


Gel polish, monomers and dip powder chemicals, always contains chemicals which can be harmful if they come into direct contact with your skin for prolonged periods and in some cases short periods of time. These chemicals may cause skin redness, itching, or even more severe reactions in some individuals.


Similarly, nail glue contains substances like cyanoacrylate, which can cause skin irritation, allergic contact dermatitis, or even chemical burns if applied directly to the skin. These products are specifically formulated for adherence to nails and should not be applied to unprotected skin.


To ensure the safety of your skin, it is crucial to follow proper nail application techniques. Always apply nail products carefully and avoid getting them onto your skin. If any product accidentally touches your skin, promptly remove it according to the SDS sheet.


It is also important to note that some individuals may be more susceptible to skin reactions or allergies to certain nail product ingredients. If you experience persistent skin irritation or allergic symptoms after using nail products, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist for proper evaluation and guidance.

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