Q&A

What should I do with a client who reacts to acrylics and gels?

Q.

I have a client who became allergic to acrylic nails, so I switched her to gels and now, after 1 1/2 years, she has started having the same reaction with gels. A few of her fingertips swell and crack. What should I do? She still wants nail enhancements. 

A.

Clients who develop allergic sensitivities to both UV gel and liquid-and-powder products should not continue to wear these types of products. Artificial nails are considered safe for most, but not everyone is a good candidate for these services. Clients who can’t properly maintain their own nails or those that may suffer from adverse skin reactions should avoid wearing artificial nails. Nail technicians who ignore the warning signs of adverse skin reaction may also set themselves up for legal liability, since nail services should only be provided to clients with healthy nails and skin. 

— Doug Schoon is chief scientific advisor for CND.

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