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Allergic to dust from one UV gel product and not another

Nail UV Gel Dust Allergies: Is It Possible to React to One Product and Not Another


Unraveling the Mystery of Allergies to Nail UV Gel Dust

A visit to the nail salon should be a pampering experience, but for some, it can lead to unexpected skin reactions, particularly around the eyes. If you’ve found yourself dealing with severe swelling, redness, and itching in the skin near your eyes after using a new line of nail gel, you’re not alone. You may be wondering, “Can we be allergic to the dust of one UV gel product and not another?”

In this article, we’ll delve into this intriguing question, shedding light on the complexities of nail gel dust allergies and dust sensitivity. Understanding the factors at play is crucial for both nail technicians and clients to ensure safe and enjoyable nail experiences. So, let’s embark on a journey to uncover the truth about nail gel dust allergies and how to safeguard your skin and well-being.

Dust and Allergic Reactions to Nail UV Gel Ingredients

No one becomes allergic to a product, they are allergic to an ingredient (or maybe several) in the product. This is important to understand. If that same ingredient(s) is found in another product, that person will develop allergic reactions to both products, because of the common ingredient they share.  

UV gels are very different from one another, but they often share some similar ingredients, so sensitivity to other products is likely. In this case, I would first suspect the dust.  It is too common for nail technicians to under cure their nail enhancements. When this occurs, the dust created during filing will be rich in uncured ingredients.  The dust should not come into contact with the skin unless properly cured

The Delicate Skin Around Your Eyes and Nail Dust Exposure

The thinnest skin on our bodies is around the eyes, so I’m not at all surprised that this part of your face is most affected. You should avoid exposure to under cured dust around your eyes.   Also, look around a crowded room and I guarantee you’ll see several people touching their face, maybe the eye area. We touch our faces more than we realize. Often without thinking, so the face and eye area is often accidentally exposed to monomer liquid or UV gel, etc.

My tips for anyone in this situation are:

  • Make sure you are using the correct UV nail lamp. That’s the one specified by the manufacturer of the UV gel and cure as directed.
  • Avoid curing thick layers, the thinner the better, as a rule.
  • Don’t cherry-pick and mix different UV gels from unrelated brands/systems.
  • Minimize dust and filings, use an oil designed for use with electric files to keep down dust.
  • Invest in a good quality, professional ventilation system designed for salon use.
  • Avoid touching your face and wash your hands after each client.

Preventing UV Gel Dust Allergic Reactions

Safety Measures for Nail Technicians

Once you become allergic to an ingredient, you will likely be allergic to it for LIFE!  Avoid allergies; it’s easy if you work safely and correctly. One way is to ensure this is to follow the UV gel manufacturer’s directions and heed all warnings on the label. Also, make sure to read the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) that are supposed to be provided by the seller of the product.

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