Nail Polish/ Acrylic and Gel Nails
Would you be super surprised here if I told you that nail polish, nail polish remover, along with gel nails and acrylic nails were extremely toxic? Probably not. Even if you just simply skim through the U.S Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA’s) warnings for nail salon workers, you would see a list of the serious health issues these products can cause:
- Acetone (nail polish remover): headaches; dizziness; and irritated eyes, skin, and throat.
- Acetonitrile (fingernail glue remover): irritated nose and throat; breathing problems; nausea; vomiting; weakness; and exhaustion.
- Butyl acetate (nail polish, nail polish remover): headaches and irritated eyes, skin, nose, mouth, and throat
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), (nail polish): nausea and irritated eyes, skin, nose, mouth, and throat. Long-term exposures to high concentrations may cause other serious effects.
- Ethyl acetate (nail polish, nail polish remover, fingernail glue): irritated eyes, stomach, skin, nose, mouth, and throat; high levels can cause fainting.
- Ethyl methacrylate (EMA), (artificial nail liquid): asthma; irritated eyes, skin, nose, and mouth; difficulty concentrating. Exposures while pregnant may affect your child.
- Formaldehyde (nail polish, nail hardener): difficulty breathing, including coughing, asthma-like attacks, and wheezing; allergic reactions; irritated eyes, skin, and throat. Formaldehyde can cause cancer.
- Isopropyl acetate (nail polish, nail polish remover): sleepiness, and irritated eyes, nose, and throat.
- Methacrylic acid (nail primer): skin burns and irritated eyes, skin, nose, mouth, and throat. At higher concentrations, this chemical can cause difficulty breathing.
- Methyl methacrylate (MMA), (artificial nail products, though banned for use in many states): asthma; irritated eyes, skin, nose, and mouth; difficulty concentrating; loss of smell.
- Quaternary ammonium compounds (disinfectants): irritated skin and nose and may cause asthma.
- Toluene (nail polish, fingernail glue): dry or cracked skin; headaches, dizziness, and numbness; irritated eyes, nose, throat, and lungs; damage to liver and kidneys; and harm to unborn children during pregnancy.
If you have cancer, skip the nail salon and try to skip nail polish altogether. Especially skip acrylic and gel nails. There is a reason that once you choose to remove them, your nail beds are stripped of their vitality and are paper thin and flaking off (see ingredients above not to mention you deprive your nails of oxygen.)
Nowadays if I paint my nails (usually my toes only,) I use a mineral based polish which is free of formaldehyde, toluene and camphor (see above.) A water based polish I like that has a low toxicity is Suncoat and there are many other lower toxicity brands at Vitacost that you can check out. I find that with water based and mineral polishes, you need to paint 3-4 coats for a lasting manicure. When you’re ready to remove the polish, Suncoat also has an excellent acetone free nail polish remover.
Source By: Cortney Campbell at www.greendrinkdiaries.com