Do acrylic nails damage your natural nails?
Artificial nails, including acrylic nails, can be harsh on your nails. Before binding the acrylic nails, the surface of your natural nails is made rough by filing them. This can be damaging, especially when you have soft, brittle, or unhealthy nails. Your nails become weaker with repeated filing. Furthermore, the chemicals used to attach acrylic nails can cause allergy and irritation to the skin around the nails. If unclean instruments are used in the process, there can also be a risk of infections. Frequent touch-ups or fills are needed to make the acrylic nails last longer. The frequent fills can further make your nails more dry, brittle, and thin. Even their removal can be damaging. For removal, you may have to soak your nails in acetone. It can irritate and dehydrate your skin and nails. Some stylists may go for filing or drilling to remove acrylic nails. This can damage your natural nails. Moreover, acrylic nails may lift as your nail grows, leaving a tiny gap between the artificial and natural nails. This place can be a heaven for bacteria and fungus to grow. Thus, it is better to avoid acrylic nails or have them reserved only for rare, special occasions.