Risks of do-it-yourself home kits

It is inevitable that people will want to save money due to the economic turmoil that was sparked by the financial collapse in 2008. Ever since, jobs have been lost and wages have been repressed at great expense to working families. In turn, it is normal for people to turn to do it yourself kits to save some money; namely gel polish do-it-yourself kits available on the web or in chemists.

The main problem in adopting DIY kits such as gel kits to do at home is that they may not come presented with adequate labelling or the product has not been tested as rigorously as professional products are and thus, exposes the user to a significant risk of becoming allergic (similar to having allergies from pollen but much more severe) to the gel polish; we call this sensitization. Gel polish, like acrylics, contain an ingredient within the family of methacrylates which means that if you become sensitive to gel polish, the more likely you will be be allergic to most acrylic products and you will be unable to have nail enhancements with these products.

What are the symptoms of product sensitization?

Symptoms can vary from person to person, but usually you would have the following:

  • Burning sensation
  • Nail bed and cuticle area soreness
  • Tenderness
  • Rash
  • Pain and increased sensitivity of affected area
  • Blistering
  • Bleeding
  • Ruptured skin
  • Lifting nail plates

A warning from skin professionals and nail technicians

The advice given by skin and nail professionals is that if you are inclined to purchase these home kits, be aware that your risk is much higher than coming to an accredited nail salon where a qualified nail technician can carry out gel treatments safely. You can listen to the radio programme on BBC radio 4 here.

What is the alternative to DIY home gel kits?

The other alternative is either using lacquer polishes or making sure that you visit a qualified nail technician in your area who is able to carry out gel nail treatments safely with products that are rigorously tested for the professional market. Instead of taking the risk with home gel kits and you would rather keep enjoying glossy nails for longer, consider booking an appointment today.

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