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Gel Manicures Can Be Tough on Nails

Posted: March 4, 2013

Overview

Women are discovering that gel manicures offer long-lasting and durable results in a quick manner. Yet dermatologists are concerned that they can cause nail problems—such as nail thinning associated with brittleness, peeling and cracking—with frequent use and can camouflage nail disease if done repeatedly.

AAD Expert

Information provided by Chris Adigun, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York.

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The Gel Manicure “Diet”

Adigun noted that while occasional gel manicures do not pose a serious threat to nail health, she did advise women who frequently receive these manicures to be aware of the potential risks with repeated use. For women who experience nail problems due to gel manicures, Adigun offered the following gel manicure “diet” tips:

AAD Expert Advice

“In general, any manicure left in place for an extended period of time is not a good idea because you are not seeing what is going on underneath the nail polish,” said Adigun. “As is the case with most things, moderation is the key when it comes to gel manicures. If you get them regularly, you need to be aware of the possible consequences and see a board-certified dermatologist if a persistent nail problem develops.”