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Chemicals in acrylic and gel nails can cause nasty allergies that can spread to the face and genitals. Rather ugly. You need to know:
Artificial nails are becoming increasingly popular: it is estimated that every second to third woman between the ages of 15 and 50 can be embellished with naturally designed or imaginatively decorated artificial fingernails. Understandable: Basically, the technology is already very practical. The British Association of Dermatologists is now warning that around 2.4 percent of women are allergic to certain chemicals, so-called methacrylates, in such nail extensions. At-home kits in particular are dangerous.
Falling nails, loose cuticles or bad rashes - and these can spread almost anywhere you come into contact with the artificial nail - including the eyelids, genitals or face. The problem? Many women do not make the connection between rash on their face and fake nails, which is why the allergy often goes undiagnosed for a long time. What that means? If you suffer from rashes and have your nails extended regularly, you should perhaps have a closer look at it. It is also essential to let the gel nail harden under the right UV lamp, otherwise there is an even higher chance of allergies.
You do not have to do without beautiful, long nails as a matter of principle: Acrylate-free gels for fixing the nails can already lead to a large degree of freedom from symptoms.