Are Gel Manicures Bad For You? Breaking Down the Pros and Cons

ManicuresPlaying It Safe
If you decide on gel manicures, apply broad-spectrum sunscreen on your hands to minimize skin damage as a result of the UV exposure.

Also, tell the manicurist your concern of UV exposure. Dr. Adigun suggests telling him or her not to push or manipulate the cuticle because that will increase the risks of inflammation and infection.

Additionally, to minimize irritation to the skin, only soak nails — not the whole hand or fingers — in acetone while nail polish is being removed.

“The goal is to minimize exposure as much as possible,” said Dr. Sobel. “If you do choose to continue getting gel manicures, try to space them out as much as possible and allow nails to breathe in between treatments.”