Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses cuticle care with Beauty High

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When it comes to having healthy, beautiful nails, protecting the cuticle is essential. Recently, Dr. Joel Schlessinger spoke with Beauty High about the dangers of cuticle cutting in the article, “Cutting Your Cuticles : What Salons Don’t Want You to Know.”

Cutting the cuticle leads to damage to the nail, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

When it comes to getting a manicure, we may be tempted to have our cuticles trimmed for aesthetic purposes. But the cuticle actually serves a very important purpose. Dr. Joel Schlessinger reminds us that “the small area of skin is there to protect [our] nails from infection.” When this skin is removed, we run the risk of exposing the entire nail to fungus and bacteria.

This is something that seems to be impossible to get across to the nail technicians, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Did you know that cuticle cutting is illegal in several states? It is! And yet, the practice is still common everywhere, whether it’s against the law or not. In addition, nail salons often use the same tools from customer to customer without proper sterilization. Dr. Schlessinger says, “Many nail salons clean their tools by placing the utensils in a special solution where they need to be submerged for 12 hours in order to be fully sterilized. Nail technicians often leave them in for only 20 minutes or less, so the tools are never cleaned properly.”

This is dangerous and could lead to the spread of infection.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his thoughts on nail salon safety.

Next time you head to the salon for a manicure, arrive early and take a look around. You’ll want to check that your technician’s license is prominently displayed and that the premises are neat and clean. You’ll also want to observe clean-up and sanitation procedures to ensure that the salon’s hygienic standards are up to snuff.

And of course be sure to communicate to your technician that you don’t want your cuticles trimmed or cut. Ask for them to be pushed instead with a clean, quality cuticle remover.

For healthy cuticles, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends Qtica.

For cuticle repair, Dr. Schlessinger suggests Qtica, an intensive therapy treatment for cuticles that are prone to dryness, damage and hangnails.

Have you received your first manicure or pedicure of the spring season yet? Tell us how it went in the comments below.

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About drjoelschlessinger

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon based in Omaha, NE.

Posted on April 30, 2014, in Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the Media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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