Question - What chemicals are in shellac nail polish?

Answered by: Stephen Sanchez  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 16-06-2022  |  Views: 668  |  Total Questions: 14

Shellac contains methylpyrrolidone, a chemical that is used to dissolve other chemicals. The National Toxicology Program lists it as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen. " Other chemicals to watch out for include the so-called "Toxic Trio": dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde. Solution: It's found in only some gel nail polishes, so just be on the lookout. Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug on trees in the forests of India and Thailand. It is processed and sold as dry flakes (pictured) and dissolved in alcohol to make liquid shellac, which is used as a brush-on colorant, food glaze and wood finish. Shellac manicures are more popular than ever because they last longer than other polishes, dry quickly and don't chip. But there's a warning that artificial gel nail polishes might be harmful to a person's health. "In acrylic nails, there's a chemical called MMA, and that is known to cause cancer, " Adams said. Shellac products are hypoallergenic and do not contain any formaldehyde, toluene or dibutyl phthalate, but the nails are exposed to UV light.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/cancer/do-gel-manicures-increase-cancer-risk

A. The gel polish itself hasn't been associated with an increased risk of cancer. However, lamps and light boxes, which are used to seal the polish during professional manicures, have raised concern. That's because many emit fairly high levels of UVA radiation, which plays a major role in the development of cancer.

http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/nail-polish-removers/

Isopropyl acetone, methyl ethyl ketone, and n-methyl-pyrrolidone, are commonly used as the solvent in nail polish removers. Evidence suggests that these chemicals may cause reproductive harm and organ toxicity. They are a serious concern for nail salon workers and pregnant women.

https://www.zmescience.com/science/domestic-science/nail-polish-toxic/

The so-called toxic trio of nail polish consists of dibutyl phthalate (a plasticizer), toluene (to evenly suspend color), and formaldehyde (a known carcinogen that is used as a hardening agent). According to the EPA, this chemical appears to have relatively low acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) toxicity.

https://www.nakedtruthbydrmelanie.com/the-toxic-truth-about-manicures-hair-skin-nails-blog-series/

Manicures and Margaritas Melanomas – An actual story recently shared on local Fox News website. Besides the toxic chemicals in the polish and gel, the light boxes (UV lamps) used to set gel manicures emit UVA light which cause skin aging, cause DNA damage and increase your risk of skin cancer.

https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/opi-nail-polish-ingredients-review/

Unfortunately, OPI nail polish is widely used in nail salons and marketed as “non-toxic” due the fact that has none of the “toxic trio, ” which is DBP, formaldehyde, and toluene.

https://www.ellamila.com/blogs/in-the-news/115515716-5-toxic-chemicals-to-avoid-in-nail-polish

5 Toxic Chemicals to Avoid in Nail Polish DBP (dibutyl phthalate) Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), a member of the phthalate family of chemicals, is used in nail polish to minimize chipping. Toluene. Toluene is the nail polish ingredient used to create a smooth application and finish. Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde resin. Camphor.

https://www.diffen.com/difference/Gel_Nails_vs_Shellac_Nails

Shellac vs. Gel Nails. A gel manicure and a Shellac manicure are essentially the same thing: long-lasting polishes cured under UV lamps. The difference is that "gel nails" or "manicure" is the generic term for nails done under a UV lamp, while Shellac is a brand of gel nails by the company Creative Nail Design (CND).

https://www.sallyhansen.com/en-us/about-us/frequently-asked-questions

Do Sally Hansen Nail Polishes contain Formaldehyde, DBP, and Toluene? A benefit to our nail polishes is that they are free of these added ingredients!

https://www.molemap.co.nz/knowledge-centre/is-your-manicure-putting-you-at-risk-of-skin-cancer

Gel nails (also known as Shellac) are very popular these days. That's because most nail salons use ultraviolet light to dry the polished nails. This has raised concerns amongst dermatologists because UV light (the same rays emitted by the sun and tanning beds), can damage the skin and cause skin cancer.

https://www.beautifulwithbrains.com/shellac-damage-nails/

A 2012 study has found that gel manicures like Shellac cause significant brittleness, weakness, and thinning. After the manicure, the nails of one of the subjects were 50% thinner! Whatever the cause, Shellac manicure does cause damage to your natural nails. That's enough for me to stick to regular nail polishes.

https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/style_and_beauty/2194951-Shellac-Damaging

It will damage your nail if you leave it on too long as you have. Gel polish continues curing slightly when on the nail so you should never have it on for more than 3 weeks because it will start to get much harder and damage the nail. When you have shellac on you need to moisturise your growing nail.

https://www.treatwell.co.uk/treatment-files/removing-your-shellac-manicure-at-home-vs-in-the-salon/

Cotton pads will be soaked in acetone, and wrapped around each nail, to dissolve the polish. Next, aluminum foil is wrapped, in individual pieces, around the varnish-vanishing cotton wool to keep it in place. Hence, tin foil fingers. Once the foil is off, any remaining shellac will be pushed back with a manicure stick.

https://www.getthegloss.com/article/shellac-facts-5-dos-and-don-ts-every-gel-nail-addict-needs-to-kn

Shellac is a wonderful, breakthrough system because, when done properly, you will have incredibly beautiful AND healthy nails. Therefore, oxygen and Solar Oil will still get to your nail plate itself while wearing Shellac. There's no breaks necessary your nails to "breathe" like with other products.

https://www.purewow.com/beauty/healthy-nail-polishes

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