Dr. Joel Schlessinger warns about the risk of gel manicures

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Dr. Joel Schlessinger warns about the risk of gel manicures

Popular gel manicures may pose certain risks, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

According to an article from the Washington Times, gel manicures are becoming more and more popular among women. During this process, the polish is applied to natural nails, avoiding the need for damaging and uncomfortable acrylic nails. This more durable and quick-drying manicure is even popular with Nancy Schlessinger, wife of Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“It’s a hybrid product, not a gel but a cross between nail polish and gel,” said Nancy. This makes the finish last longer without chipping or fading.

While getting gel manicures can save time and money, having them done regularly can pose serious health risks according to Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

UV drying devices used during gel manicures can cause skin cancer, reveals Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

After the polish is applied, many salons use UV light devices to dry the nails. The special blend of polish and gel requires UV light to set and solidify the manicure and prevent smudging.

According to Dr. Joel Schlessinger, these lamps increase an individual’s risk of contracting skin cancer on the hands and feet. Read more about this risk and other nail salon dangers in Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s blog article.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how to protect yourself against skin cancer risks at the salon.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger advocates using LED lamps rather than UV lamps to dry your gel manicure. These devices do not emit ultraviolet radiation so there is no risk of skin damage. Look for salons that use these risk-free drying devices rather than UV light machines.

If your salon does use UV lamps, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends applying sunscreen to your hands or feet prior to your appointment as Nancy does. This can help protect against ultraviolet rays and minimize your risk of skin cancer.

Do you have questions about the risks of gel manicures? Ask Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the comment section below.

Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about hand and nail care

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Regular hand washing is important to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria, but constant washing and drying also leaves your hands feeling dry, chapped and irritated. Fortunately, there are several products available to soothe, hydrate and protect frequently washed hands. With proper care, you can keep your hands and nails looking and feeling healthy. Read on for some of Joel Schlessinger MD’s top picks.

In his recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD shares his favorite picks for hydrating hand products.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends moisturizing throughout the day to keep your dry skin hydrated. One of his favorite products is TheraSeal Hand Protection, which acts as a liquid glove to protect frequently washed hands. Simply apply a thin layer after washing your hands and reapply as needed. This gentle formula will protect your skin from irritation each time you wash.

FixMySkin Healing Body Balm with 1% Hydrocortisone, formulated by Joel Schlessinger MD and his son, Daniel, soothes and heals cracked, irritated skin. This medicated balm contains hydrocortisone to prevent irritation and inflammation. Apply a small amount to your hands as needed throughout the day to relieve extremely dry skin.

For specific treatment options, make an appointment to meet with your local dermatologist.

Find more expert advice from Joel Schlessinger MD in his presentations.

Read more advice on common skin concerns from Joel Schlessinger MD in his weekly presentations. Some of these topics include:

Do you have a favorite product you use to keep your hands and nails healthy? Share your story with us in the comments.

What’s going on with these nails and fingers?

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Why are these nails damaged? They are are result of a yeast infection.

Yeast can complicate any nail issue, but is particularly bad in workers who have hands in water, as this person does (restaurant).  This sort of issue also plagues hairdressers and many nurses.  We will treated her with oral ketoconazole and she should recover completely…as long as she doesn’t wear false nails and protects her cuticles in the healing process.

What can you do to avoid yeast infections?  Try not to wash your hands if you don’t need to and avoid putting them in water for long periods of time.  If you have a job that requires you to be in water, put gloves on and try to avoid very hot water.  We have products at our website that seal in moisture (www.LovelySkin.com/theraseal) as well as products to repair finger cracks (www.FixMySkin.com), but they won’t heal a yeast infection as that requires medications by mouth or applied to the skin.

I am often asked what I think about false nails and my answer is that they are no good for this sort of problem.  They can hurt the nail significantly and allergic reactions to the acrylic can occur as well.  Additionally, the act of putting the nail over your normal nail can seal in fungus and yeast and allow for more damage.  Lastly, the instruments at the nail salon can be contaminated from your own nails or others.

Lastly, there are other infections that can complicate this, including staph or other bacteria.  If your nails aren’t responding to home or over the counter remedies, it is time for you to go to your dermatologist!