LED (gel/ alergias are reações alérgicas reactions to the produtos químicos used in UV-LED-curado gel nail products. UV-LED-cured gels are similar to (the old style) UV-cured gels in that they contain a combination of chemicals, including monômeros, oligômerose photoinitiators, which are activated by the UV energy that’s in the LED light to harden and cure the gel.
A note van Doug Schoon: These LED’s emit more UV energy but the hands are under the lamps for a shorter period, therefore the exposures are about the same as the old-style fluorescent UV nail lamps.
What’s UV Energy?
UV energy emitted by the UV-LED bulbs is measured in nanometers. Nanometers are used to measure wavelengths of light and distances between atoms in molecules and in our UV-LED products there are photoinitiators that are matched with the nanometers to ‘receive’ the energy & that starts the curing process of our UV-LED gel.
However, UV-LED bulbs emit a wider energy spectrum of energy than UV bulbs, which means that they cure mpre quickly, which may cause a different type of reaction in some people especially if the photoinitiators in the UV-LED gel do not match the (nanometer) output of the UV-LED curing lamp.
It’s important to match the lamp that cures your gel with the gel that you use, this will ensure proper curing of your UV-LED gel and help prevent allergies occurring. The company retailing you the product should be able to answer all your questions before & after you buy their product, if they can’t, it might be worth looking for another supplier.
How to recognize an allergic reaction
Allergic reactions to the alergênicos in UV-LED-cured gels can range from mild irritation to more severe symptoms, such as redness, itching, swelling, or blisters. In some cases, the reaction may be delayed and appear several hours or days after the initial exposure to the gel (Some reactions can take years before they manifest – an allergy could be built up over a long period of time) If you notice any of these symptoms, remove all product & take care to recover your nail units with a good oil & loção.
Repeated exposure to these (uncured) chemicals can also increase the risk of developing an allergy over time but it’s also possible to suffer an ‘acute allergy’ especially if you had a reaction to another allergen earlier.
To prevent LED gel allergies in the salon or education centre, it’s recommended to take certain precautions, such as wearing gloves during application and removal, good ventilation, avoiding skin contact with the gel as much as possible, and using only high-quality, reputable products that have been tested & certified for safety and leave all skin layers intact around the unidade de pregos.
Our skin and allergies
Nosso selos de proteção protect us not only from patógenos but also from chemicals that may or may not be on our skin & our skin is our very own ‘built-in’ UV Radiation filter – removing any of your skin layers during a salon service could increase the chance of developing skin cancer.
We do not recommend self-teste de contato the product on a small area of skin, leave that to the experts & avoid using a similar product if any signs of irritation or allergy occur until you know for sure which ingredient and or allergen caused the reaction in the first place. It’s much easier to find a product you can use when you know what caused the problem in the first place.
What do you do if you suspect an allergic reaction to a UV-LED Gel?
If you suspect that you have a gel allergy, it’s important to inform the brand & company you brought it from & seek medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment before changing to another product, this will prevent any further allergic reactions and keep you and your clients safe in the salon.
In case you missed part 1 of this UV & Gel Allergies article…………..