How to recognize an allergic reaction to artificial nails
Signs of allergic reactions to artificial nails are redness, itching or flaking around the nail. Sometimes people will even start to develop an allergic rash on the face. If you find yourself having a reaction to your manicure, Katta suggests following these steps:
- Remove the nails
- Use a fragrance-free moisturizing cream to see if that helps with the irritation
If these steps do not work, see your dermatologist. Conditions such as bacterial or yeast infections may also cause redness of the skin around the nails, Katta said, and would require treatment. If the symptoms are due to irritation or allergy to the nail chemicals, then there are prescription creams that can help relieve the skin inflammation.
While some people may experience an allergic reaction, it is far more common to develop irritation from these nail products or side effects from them such as weakening of the nail itself, she said. Nail damage from artificial nails may result in brittle or thinning nails.
If you want freshly manicured fingers, Katta says a good alternative is to just use nail polish.
“When you go to a salon for a manicure that requires you to put your hands under a special light, that is a sign that they are using these types of chemicals. Many people, especially those with sensitive skin, may be better off using simple nail polish. There are even special topcoats available to enhance your nail polish, without having to go through the actual chemical or acrylic nails,” she added.