Dr Oz: Gel Manicure Warning
Many women visit nail salons every single day and lots of them go there for gel manicures. Gel manicures are considered one of the best ways to get a long-lasting manicure through a process that includes placing the hands under lamps that give off UV rays (in some cases for up to eight minutes!). Is it worth it or is it too risky? Dr. Oz is asking the question “Are Gel Manicures Safe” on his show today and if you have ever considered one for yourself, you must read this before heading to the salon.
Dr Oz: Gel Manicures Thin Nails By 50%
Dermatologist Anne Chapas said that gel manicures are inherently dangerous because while women are going to a salon for a treatment to make their nails look better, they are actually putting themselves at great risk. She went on to say that they cause a great deal of nail damage and even infection, but there are other health concerns as well.
One of the biggest areas of concern with gel manicures is the removal process. Dr. Chapas said that they do not come off as easily as regular manicures, so a woman’s hands have to be soaked in acetone for a long period of time in order to effectively remove the gel manicure.
The bigger problem is that soaking is not enough, so a great deal of scraping is involved, which can lead to thinning of the nails. Dr. Chapas shared a startling statistic that just one gel manicure can cause a woman’s nails to thin by 50%, so if you already have thin nails to begin with, you should avoid this nail treatment for sure.
Dr Oz: Gel Manicures Cause Staph Infection
Dr. Oz demonstrated the abrasive removal process of a gel manicure, which involves a great deal of scraping of the fingernails. This intense process can not only harm the nails themselves, but also cause breaks the surrounding skin. The biggest danger with this process is that bacteria can get into the nail or surrounding skin and lead to a staph infection.
Dr. Anne Chapas said that the nails can then become red, painful and swollen, but there is also room for fungus to get in and cause a fungal infection. She added that there is simply no special occasion or event in a person’s life that is worth getting a gel manicure because of the high risk involved.