Hypoallergenic Nail Gels – Are They Safer

The term ‘hypoallergenic’ is used when a cosmetic product is formulated to be LESS likely to trigger an allergic response. This does not mean a person cannot be allergic to a hypoallergenic product.

People can be mislead into thinking that a brand or their products are safer because their products are hypoallergenic. We are very wary of this and do not want our customers to believe a HEMA-free or hypoallergenic product cannot be harmful, or is necessary to prevent allergies. This is not true.

There is no need to work with only hypoallergenic or HEMA-free gels unless an allergy has been confirmed by a dermatologist and a person knows which chemicals to avoid.

Uncured gel causes allergies

UV Nail Gel cannot penetrate a healthy nail plate when completely cured.  It can, of course, be absorbed through the skin and some chemicals do penetrate the skin more easily if they have a lower molecular weight, such as HEMA or other monomers.

But, remember, UV gels are not designed to be applied to the skin!  They are designed to be applied to healthy nails and cured with UV light.

All UV nail gels that are responsibly manufactured and are formulated with ingredients in concentrations stipulated by EU regulations; whether they are hypoallergenic and/or HEMA-free or not, are safe when:
  • Applied according to the brand’s instructions
  • Cured in the correct lamp
  • Cured for the correct time
  • Kept off the skin
  • The nail plates are healthy and not over-filed
  • Inhibition layers are correctly removed
  • The work area is kept clean and dust minimised

All of the products nail technicians work with contain hazardous chemicals.  If you aren’t working safely or protecting the nail plate and surrounding tissue while using a HEMA-free or hypoallergenic product, the product could still lead to severe irritation or contact dermatitis. After a period of time, continued exposure could eventually lead to the development of an allergy.  Sometimes even when doing everything correctly, following the brand’s instructions, not damaging the nail plate or skin etc. an allergy will develop.

An immune system response is triggered to cause an allergic reaction.  No hypoallergenic product can be guaranteed to prevent this from happening.  Hypoallergenic and/or HEMA-free UV Nail Gels are not necessarily safer.

Work safely, with products you can trust are responsibly formulated, and follow expert advice.

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