You Should Probably Stop Wearing Acrylic Nails
Fake nails are all fun and games until they cause a permanent nail deformity.
There’s no denying acrylic nails are gorgeous, but the damage they do to your natural nails is not so beautiful.
“When you have an acrylic nail, you have a foreign body on the nail bed that can serve as a nidus for infection,” said Dr. Shari Lipner, dermatologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. “An infection in the nail bed can be very difficult to clear up.”
Infections, which can happen to anyone who gets false nails, develop when bacteria or fungus invade a cut or wound around the nail bed. These infections are common, painful and can even lead to permanent damage of your nails if not treated with antibiotics.
Some of these infections are so severe they actually cause a distortion of the nail plate called onycholysis, where the nail separates from the skin underneath. This condition is more common in those who get frequent manicures and pedicures because it develops from constant moisture trapped under the nail. The only way to cure this deformity is to stop wearing fake nails for up to six months while your body slowly grows out
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You should probably stop wearing acrylic nails. No, seriously. Think about it: You’re spending crazy amounts of money to have your nails done every couple weeks, you can’t do anything without breaking them (and then you drop more cash on having them fixed), and they’re completely wreaking havoc on your natural nails. Not to mention the fact that they’re just plain ugly. But if you’re still out there rocking fake nails, you should probably stop right now. Here’s why:
1) They are bad for your real nails
2) They are expensive
3) They are tacky
Acrylic nails look pretty, but they can cause health issues.
You may have heard that acrylic nails full of toxic chemicals and are bad for you. While it is true that most acrylic nails contain some amount of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, the levels are thought to be low enough to not pose any significant health risks. In fact, even though formaldehyde is considered a hazardous chemical you can find it in lots of everyday products, like shampoo and cosmetics.
But if the formaldehyde levels in acrylic nails are considered safe by most standards, why am I telling you to stop wearing them?
I’m not an expert in this field, so don’t take my word as gospel. But when I started doing my research I was shocked at how much information there is out there about the negative effects of wearing acrylic nails. So before you book your next appointment for a set of acrylics, check out these common issues that could result from having fake fingernails glued on.
I’ve been wearing acrylic nails for like, my entire adult life.
I started wearing them because I’m naturally a nail biter, and I needed to do something to stop myself from chewing on my nails. I’ve tried nearly everything to keep me from biting my nails: those nasty tasting polish, fake nails that are shaped like claws, you name it, I’ve tried it. At one point, the only thing that kept me from biting my nails was fake ones that had a tip glued on over my natural ones. Fake acrylic nails were the solution to all my nail problems.
Acrylics are made of a liquid monomer and a powder polymer that create a hard plastic-like covering for your nails. There have been studies done on the effects of acrylics on your body (one study found that there is something in nail glue that can cause cancer), but most people, like myself, don’t care about what they’re putting on their bodies so long as it looks good. But then I saw this post by BuzzFeed writer Arielle Calderon about her experience with acrylics and how they left her with yellowed and damaged nails once she removed them after six years of wear. It was an eye-opener for me — not only because I’m constantly
The way that I’m using the word “nail” here is actually a little bit loose. When you have acrylic nails, what’s happening is the nail itself is simply getting thicker, but not longer. The acrylic part is just there to make it look longer.
So, to review: You’re not actually making your nails longer, you’re just making them thicker and then decorating the part that’s sticking out above your skin.
It’s also important to note that some people are allergic to acrylics, which can cause an allergic reaction on your skin (usually on the fingers) and make it really itchy and uncomfortable.
Your real nails need air and water to stay healthy. A quick Google search will turn up countless other blogs talking about how bad acrylics are for your nail health.” Your real nails need air and water to stay healthy,” says one post. “The chemicals used in applying acrylics can damage your natural nails, causing them to become weak and brittle,” says another.
Some people even claim that having acrylics for too long can cause permanent damage to your natural nails — if you’ve ever been a victim of this, you might remember it as “lifting.” Your real nail grows out from beneath the fake one and slowly starts separating
First off, I’d like to start off by saying that if you are wearing acrylic nails, there is no reason to stop. They look great.
But for me personally, I’ve had enough of acrylic nails and I’m here to tell you why. I’ve been getting my nails done for about 7 years now. In college I had a really good nail technician and she was great. When I moved back home after graduation, it was a little bit harder to find someone that knew what they were doing.
I got them done every 2 weeks and it became something that I dreaded since my first experience was so great. After moving to San Francisco, it was even harder to find someone who could do them well.
Whenever I had an event or vacation coming up, the first thing on my list was always “get my nails done.” This time around, whenever I would go get my nails done, the technician would always ask me if I wanted acrylic or gel. At first, she told me that acrylic would last longer than gels which made sense when thinking about it logically. But now that I think about it more and more, it makes no sense at all.
You’ve probably seen a friend or two rocking acrylics, and they often look stunning. But did you know that the same materials used to create the acrylics could actually be dangerous to your health? Here are some reasons why you might want to consider switching back to your natural nails.
Acrylic nails trap dirt under the fake nail, causing bacteria and fungus to grow. This can lead to nail bed infections and other conditions such as paronychia. These infections are not only painful, but can also be life-threatening if left untreated! Your best bet is to switch back to your natural nails for now, and wait until your nail beds have healed.
If you have ever had an acrylic nail break off in a weird way, you know how frustrating it can be. Once the nail bed has been injured or infected, it becomes much more difficult for the nail to grow back normally. This is because chemicals from the acrylic get into the skin under your nails, making it very painful for new nails to grow back at all.
It’s important not to remove the acrylics yourself, especially if they were applied incorrectly in the first place. The removal process can actually cause additional damage and infection if done improperly. If you decide that you don’t want acrylic nails anymore