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What UV gel brands do you recommend?
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“What UV gel brands do you recommend that we nail professionals should use? I’ve been in the industry for 6 years, only now having problems with allergies and onycholysis. It’s very scary. I want to change my gel brand but I really don’t know what brand to go for!”
NailKnowledge is a brand-neutral organization so, as such, we cannot recommend any brands. However, we can give you solutions.
Unfortunately, there is an ‘allergy epidemic’. This mostly comes from poor quality brands and a lack of understanding (even by some who are selling the brands).
If you have allergic symptoms, the ONLY solution is to have a dermatological patch test to discover exactly what ingredients you are allergic to. Then research brands so you can avoid those ingredients. Changing brands is not the best solution until you have that information.
In general, it is worth looking for HEMA-free and hypoallergenic brands, as these are LESS likely to cause new reactions for your clients. Just be aware that they still can, though. Also, use good quality and trusted brands and, preferably, avoid those manufactured in China as they do not always have accurate information on the ingredients.
In the meantime, please watch our free “Allergies and How They Happen” video to help you understand how allergies are caused.
Follow all the precautions in the video PLUS wear a barrier cream on your hands and double nitrile gloves that are changed every 30 mins. Wear long sleeves, work in a well ventilated area and, if you are creating dust, use a good dust extractor with a HEPA filter. Also, wear a mask that is N95 or N99 or FFP2 or 3. Do not wear any coatings on your nails except nail polish. Use cuticle oil frequently.
If you do all of this, you should be reasonably protected until you find out what you’re allergic to.
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