Causes of allergy
Usually allergies appear after frequent contact with a certain product (often because the product was overused or improperly applied).
Surprisingly enough, the most allergenic products are UV gels. Often acrylics – liquid and powder are blamed for causing the allergy because of their strong smell. Nevertheless, improperly applied UV gels may cause allergies very fast.
That is why I always emphasize - professional products are designed for professionals.Proper, skillful and safe usage of gels and other products spares future disappointment.
The way you deal with products is very important:
- Do you touch the brush with your fingers?
- Do you have a habit of putting the brush on the table and then resting your hands on gel stained work surface?
- Are gel containers sticky on the outside?
- Are the light bulbs new? (more about that below)
- Does the product touch your skin while being applied?
- Do you wipe the dispersion coat properly?
Worn out light bulbs don’t harden gels properly. In consequence, improperly hardened gels may cause severe allergies.
'Short hardening of gels leads to many problems and may cause allergies. After 200-400 hours of work lamps produce not enough UV rays. In consequence, gels are not hardened properly. Light bulbs must be changed regularly to ensure the best quality of gel hardening.'
Hardened gel doesn’t cause problems (if it caused allergy the person would be also allergic to all kinds of plastic).
Usually the allergy appears if the gel is not hardened properly and left on the skin (the dispersion coat). That’s why the allergy occurs after few visits, most often several hours after the treatment. The typical allergic symptoms are: itching, sensation of warmth on fingers, sometimes skin heat or rash.
After few days the symptoms disappear. Unfortunately allergies often occur unexpectedly, don’t subside easily and tend to intensify.
If you suffer from any of the symptoms you should stop using the product and let the substance on the nail grow back.
If the person wishes to have the nails extanded despite the allergy, than you can change the gel or try another system.
Sometimes clients are allergic to a certain gel ingredient. If it is not added to other gels unpleasant symptoms won’t occur. You can experiment but remember that cooperation between the client and the nail stylist, as well as the mutual understanding of the situation, is vital.