Thread: "gel manicure" PSA
April 29th, 2010, 02:16 PM #1
"gel manicure" PSAManicures: The price may be higher than it seems
Acrylics typically use a combination of monomers as their liquid component that may include ethyl methacrylate (EMA) and sometimes contain methyl methacrylate (MMA). Although the FDA first issued a warning about liquid MMA in the early 70’s due to reports of fingernail damage and deformity, as well as contact dermatitis, and many state governments have banned its use on nails, some salons continue to use it today. During the application process, the nail needs to be roughened up with a file in order for the liquid to stick. This process can weaken the nail plate and bed. Once applied, the enhancement becomes very hard and is difficult to separate from the nail plate. That’s because MMA is very difficult to remove.EMA is a related chemical but is formulated to be more flexible. Although the FDA backs the use of EMA, McConnell chooses not to use it in his products because most gels do not require it as one of the components. “It’s not a product you’d want to have come in repeated contact with your skin,” he warned, adding that you wouldn’t want to breathe in its vapors on a regular basis.
Indeed the Methacrylate Producers Association warns that ethyl methacrylate may be just as harmful as methyl methacrylate. It also cautions that there have been numerous reports in recent years of increasing use of MMA in nail products. Mr. McConnell also warns of salons that use containers of unlabeled materials, “if the material does not have a label on it, be cautious and ask questions of the nail technologist,” he advised.
And there are plenty of other chemicals to be concerned about. A US Environmental Protection Agency guide, produced to warn nail salon workers, indicates twenty chemicals found in nail glue, polish, hardeners, additives, powders or removers. A medical literature search shows that, in general, several of them—ethyl cyanoacrylate, formalin, toluene, and MMA—have been shown to induce neuropathy and can cause one or more of the following: irritation of the eyes, skin, mucous membranes, respiratory tract, or damage the kidneys or liver.They say technology slows down for no one. I know it outruns my wallet. I figure its because my wallet isn't light enough yet.
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April 29th, 2010, 06:02 PM #2
Yes, but we already know about it. They keep it in containers that they reuse from the EMA that way when there is a salon inspection it appears they have the good stuff not the cheap and dangerous stuff.
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