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esters

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A general term used to refer to the liquid monomers used in acrylic liquid formulation; the product formed when an organic acid reacts with an alcohol; all nail coating polymers, except for polishes, contain esters.

Keywords: acrylics   chemicals   nail chemistry  

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A federal organization responsible for regulating disinfectants and other chemical substances.

Keywords: chemicals   disinfection  

dibutyl phthalate (DBP)

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) is a common nail polish ingredient used as a plasticizer (allowing it to be flexible on nails and not crack); also used in children’s toys, shower curtains, and food wraps; the U.S. has no laws prohibiting its use in nail polish.

Keywords: chemicals   dibutyl phthalate (DBP)   ingredients   polish  

dermatitis

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

An inflammation of the skin characterized by redness, rash, swelling, cracking, itching, pain, etc.

Keywords: chemicals   ingredients   nail diseases   skin care  

curing agent

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A substance used to dry or harden adhesives, wraps, no-light gels, acrylics, and UV light gels; all types of systems require a curing agent.

Keywords: acrylics   chemicals   curing   gels   wraps  

contact dermatitis

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Contact dermatitis (sometimes called allergic contact dermatitis) is caused by allergens that come into contact with the skin,. Allergic contact dermatitis often clears up on its own when suff erers avoid the offending agent.

Keywords: allergic contact dermatitis   chemicals   contact dermatitis   ingredients   nail diseases  

colored acrylics

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Acrylic powders (polymers) that have been tinted with color; used with regular monomers to create custom color enhancements or “permanent” nail art.

Keywords: acrylics   chemicals   colored acrylics   Nail Art  

chelating surfactant

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A cleaner that works in hard water; when used properly, chelating surfactants act like “microscopic scrub brushes” and remove biofilm (a thin layer of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms that coat surfaces) from the inside of the tubing in pedi spas.

Keywords: chemicals   disinfection  

benzoyl peroxide (BPO)

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

An initiator used to energize monomers and cause polymerization to occur.

Keywords: chemicals  

base

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A substance with a pH value greater than 7.0.

Keywords: chemicals  

alkaline

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Having a pH greater than 7.0.

Keywords: chemicals  

adhesive

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A chemical substance capable of holding together two surfaces; the most common adhesive in the nail industry is cyanoacrylate (also called “glue”).

Keywords: adhesives   chemicals   glue  

activator

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A chemical used to accelerate a reaction or increase chemical activity in another material.

Keywords: chemicals  

acrylates

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Family of monomers used in light-curing gel products.

Keywords: chemicals   gels  

acid-free

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Primers that contain absolutely no acid components at all.

Keywords: chemicals   primers  

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