Gel and acrylic nail allergies                                                           

Allergies often occur when gels, gel polishes or acrylics are applied by untrained nail technicians. 

Most "patients" developed their allergy using nail enhancements, nail or eyelash glue - a third of those affected were working as nail technicians.

Dr Deirdre Buckley, consultant dermatologist from the Royal United Hospital Bath and president of the British Society of Cutaneous Allergy, said many doctors were unaware of the issue.

"Using the wrong lamp may mean that the gel polish

(uv gel) does not cure properly and this means an increased chance of developing an allergic reaction".

Allergic reaction to gel nails

Dermatologists warn about gel nails allergic reactions

Dermatologists are urging the public to be wary of gel nails and gel polish home kits where insufficient curing of the products can cause an allergic reaction.  Allergic reactions can also be caused by nail technicians who have not had sufficient training about the products. uv/led lamps and procedures.

Allergic reactions may involve the natural nail loosening from the nail bed or a severe itchy rash on the fingertips, and potentially anywhere on the body where the nails have touched; face, eyelids, neck.

Further information can be found on the British Association of Dermatologists site;


See the report dated  August 9th 2018