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Is rubber base gel more prone to fungus and infections than your normal gel?

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Base gel fungus and infections

Fungal Risks in Base Gel and Normal Gel

First we need to understand the difference between a rubber base and a regular base coat, so we can assess if there is any extra chances of it allowing pathogens near the nail plate.

A rubber base coat (despite its lack of actual rubber) is primarily a stronger and more viscous base coat that provides additional strength to flexible and weak nails. Due to its increased flexibility compared to other strong bases and builder gels, it can better adapt to the nail, reducing the risk of snapping when subjected to pressure.

It’s simply a prescriptive base coat – another tool at the nail professional’s disposal, and because it doesn’t differ that much from other forms of coatings, rubber base gel is generally not more prone to fungus and infections compared to regular gel.

Both types of gel nail products provide a protective layer over the natural nail, which can help prevent moisture and bacteria from entering the nail bed and causing infections. However, it’s important to note that the risk of fungus or infections primarily depends on how the nails are prepared, applied, and maintained, rather than the specific type of gel used.

Here are a Few Key Points to Consider:

1. Proper Nail Preparation: Regardless of the gel type used, proper nail preparation is essential. Thoroughly cleanse and sanitise the nails before application to remove any bacteria or fungi present on the nail surface. Onycholysis can occur if the natural nail is buffed too much so that it is thin. It can also occur from Covid or other systemic illnesses.

2. Hygienic Practices: Follow strict hygiene protocols during the application process. Use sanitised/disinfected tools, disposable applicators, and avoid cross-contamination between clients. This helps minimize the risk of introducing harmful microorganisms.

3. Application Technique: Apply gel products according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure that the gel is applied evenly and properly cured using a suitable UV or LED lamp. Incomplete curing can create an environment conducive to bacterial or fungal growth. There should be no heat experienced while under the lamp. This could indicate the product is applied too thickly or the lamp does not match the product brand.

4. Maintenance and Aftercare: Educate clients on proper maintenance and aftercare practices. Encourage them to avoid prolonged exposure to water, use gloves when working with harsh chemicals or cleaning agents, and regularly moisturize the cuticles and nails. These measures can help maintain the integrity of the gel coating and reduce the risk of infections. The use of oil several times daily is strongly recommended.

5. Client Communication: Establish open communication with clients to address any concerns they may have regarding nail health or possible infections. Encourage them to seek professional advice if they notice any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, pain, or unusual nail changes.

6. During an Infill: While performing an infill, it is crucial to meticulously eliminate any areas of lifting, as even the smallest ones can create a favorable warm and damp environment for bacteria and fungi to thrive

Maintaining Nail Health

By following these guidelines and practicing good hygiene, both rubber base gel and regular gel can provide a protective and durable coating for the nails, minimizing the risk of fungal or bacterial infections. Remember, maintaining overall nail health and practicing proper hygiene are key factors in preventing any potential nail problems.

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