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What is the recommended usage of cuticle oil?

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One tech I work with is an advocate of daily use of cuticle oil. She claims it prevents acrylic lifting. The other tech is against daily use. She claims it causes acrylic to lift. Who is correct? What is the recommended usage of cuticle oil?

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The answer really boils down to what acrylic system is being used. In the early days of artificial nails, when MMA was used, acrylic was very porous. You couldn’t even use hand lotion or they would lift. The newest generations of artificial nail products are virtually non-porous and therefore we can use lotions, creams, and oils without worrying about lifting. If used daily, cuticle oil will not cause or prevent lifting. What it will do is keep the nail plate flexible so that it does not pull away from the product. It will, of course, help to keep the skin and cuticles soft and smooth. -- Sue Irwin

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