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Styling nails and pregnancy

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As a long nail stylist and trainer I often have to answer clients questions. The most popular question is about nail care (I mean gel, acrylic and other artificial materials), and if these will harm during the pregnancy.

Well, the substances contained in products for nail care and styling are chemicals such as acetone, isopropanol, ethyl acetate, polymethyl metal. As for the possible harm of these substances, the problem should be considered from two sides:

1) a pregnant woman who wants to perform the artificial nails, acrylic or gel nails:

A pregnant client can perform all the nail beauty treatments, as it demonstrated any harm from these treatments for pregnancy or the fetus. The problem is the period of delivery. During the natural delivery, gel or acrylic nails do not prove any obstacle, provided they are sufficiently short. Otherwise, looks matter when it is necessary to comply with caesarean. During this procedure, to accurately monitor the condition of patient, mother has on her finger a pulse oximeter that gives real data. Nail plate must be natural and pure, it means without chemicals. So good advice: remove one nail before the delivery, the rest you can keep.

2) a pregnant manicurist who provides services and operates in among the above-mentioned substances:

A pregnant manicurist, which deals with styling and beautifying the nail can be exposed during her work to toxic substances that are potentially harmful if inhaled. However, the concentration of substances contained in the imposition of a gel or acrylic is very small. Acetone and isopropanol are included in the formulations for disinfectant, washing and degreasing. Acetone vapors only in very high concentrations are harmful to health and absorbed through the lungs to the blood. But even high doses are effective metabolized and remover by the liver.

Studies on animals have shown no toxicity of acetone and isopropanol for experiments on animals, both by inhalation and ingestion. Acrylic is commonly used for the formation of a “new” nail plate can cause irritant eyes and blocked airways. The toxic can be quickly removed from the body.

It is not known whether the prettiest of components and whether the long-term work among these there is no vapor accumulation in the body. At present, there is no evidence of harmful effects with acrylic or its filings on the human body. It seems that an effective method of avoiding eventual adverse reactions, are ventilated workspaces and wearing masks during the work.

In summary there is currently no valid and reliable research that has demonstrated any harm in relation to the mother or fetus. There were no further complications in a group of pregnant manicurist or beauticians who were constantly using these materials during the work.

Marta Stępnik


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