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    Our efforts to reduce the risk of allergies

    At present, there are no UV-curing nail products on the market that are free from the risk of allergies. This is because the main ingredient in any UV curing nail product is acrylates - an ingredient that can trigger allergic reactions in some people. However, it is important to remember that not all nail products are created equal. The risk of allergy can vary greatly depending on the type of acrylate, how high the concentration of the acrylate is and how the product is used. This means that there is a difference in which brand you choose.

    Our efforts to ensure a strong focus on security include:

    • Selection of acrylates:
      We carefully select acrylates with the least risk of allergy, prioritizing large molecules that are less likely to penetrate the skin.

    • Lowest possible acrylate concentration:
      We strive for the lowest possible acrylate concentration to minimize exposure and thus the risk of allergies.

    • Effective curing process:
      We ensure that our products and UV lamps are carefully matched to guarantee complete curing, which is essential to reduce allergy risk.

    • Customer education:
      A central part of our safety efforts is to educate our customers in the correct use of the products through comprehensive theory books, video guides, and direct support.

    • Transparent communication:
      We are committed to providing information about ingredient content and potential risks, supported by labeling and in-depth educational materials.

    To give a deeper understanding of our dedication to product safety, you can read more about the scientific principles that underlie the development of our products here. It is essential to understand how we proactively address potential allergy risks through our product design and customer education:

     

    Scientific principles
    Our products are designed with an in-depth understanding of the molecular interactions that occur during the curing process. UV-curing gel products consist of small molecules that, when exposed to UV light, polymerize (harden). The size of the molecules is decisive for their ability to penetrate the skin and potentially trigger an allergic reaction. By choosing acrylates with a larger molecular size, we reduce the risk of allergy, as larger molecules have more difficulty penetrating the skin barrier.

    In addition to working with the selection of acrylates, we also work purposefully to minimize the concentration of acrylates in our products. A lower concentration of acrylate means less exposure for the consumer and thus a reduced risk of developing allergies.

    Another key part of our product safety is also to ensure that the curing process is completely efficient. Incompletely cured products can increase the risk of allergies, as the non-cured molecules are small enough to penetrate the skin. By carefully adapting our gel products and UV lamps, we ensure that the curing is total, which reduces the risk of allergies. To ensure this, a basic understanding of the chemistry behind the curing process is essential. All gel products contain photoinitiators, which initiate the curing process when exposed to UV light. Delving deeper into the chemistry, however, one discovers that not all types of UV light can cure all types of gels, as different types of photoinitiators require specific UV wavelengths and wattages. These photoinitiators are critical for the curing process to be initiated correctly. Without a UV lamp that precisely matches the gel product's needs for wavelength and wattage, there is a risk that the product will not harden completely. This leaves behind small molecules that are not fully cured, which can cause these small, exposed molecules to be absorbed by the skin over time. Therefore, an exact match between the UV lamp and the gel product is essential to minimize the risk of allergy.

    This detailed and perhaps technically heavy explanation emphasizes our commitment to minimizing allergy risk through careful design and informed use of our products.

    In conclusion, we believe it is important that everyone remembers that a comprehensive system within the EU carefully assesses ingredients in cosmetic products on an ongoing basis. So far, the EU has chosen not to implement restrictions on all types of acrylates, but only on certain specific types such as e.g. Hema. We of course assure that The Gel Collection always complies with applicable EU regulations and continuously keeps us up to date with the latest knowledge in our field.

    What is the risk of getting allergies?
    The risk of allergic reactions when using nail products is generally very low, especially when the products are used in accordance with the instructions given. Factors that contribute to the development of contact allergies can generally be categorized into three main groups: product-related, environmental, and genetic.

    Product-related factors include the potential for allergy caused by the ingredients in the nail products, including the type and concentration of allergens. Environmental factors refer to the degree to which the individual is exposed to additional allergens or skin irritants in their daily environment. Genetic factors include a personal or family history of eczema (such as atopic eczema), or other types of allergies.

    The condition of the skin can actually also play a role in the allergy risk. Damaged or irritated skin, caused by external factors such as climate or frequent use of hand disinfection, can be more susceptible to allergens, as the skin barrier is compromised. We therefore always recommend taking care of your hands and skin to keep it healthy and strong.

    The overall risk of developing contact allergy is a result of the interaction of these factors and varies considerably from person to person, making it difficult to predict specific allergic reactions.


    What can you do yourself to avoid allergies?
    To reduce the risk of allergies when using UV curing nail products, it is essential to understand some basic scientific principles and take proactive steps. Here are some steps you can take yourself:


    Choose your brand carefully: All nail products are not created equal. Different brands have different formulations, and some are more focused on reducing the risk of allergies than others. At Neglefeber, we emphasize safety by carefully selecting acrylates, controlling their concentration, and providing guidance on correct use.

    Ensure complete curing of the product: Liquid nail products can pose an allergy risk, but when properly cured, they become harmless. A complete curing transforms the product into a solid form that cannot penetrate the skin. It is crucial to ensure that the product cures completely to avoid exposure to allergenic molecules.

    Avoid liquid product on the skin: To prevent allergic reactions, it is important to avoid direct contact between liquid nail product and the skin. Should the product get on the skin, it should be removed quickly with a suitable method, for example using a rose stick or a cleaning stick saturated with a specific cleaner.

    Follow product instructions carefully: All cosmetic products, including nail products, undergo a safety assessment in accordance with EU legislation. This assessment is based on the products being used according to the instructions given. By deviating from these instructions, you risk exposing yourself to allergens beyond the level considered safe.

    Stick to one brand: Using products from one brand ensures that they are designed to work together, which can minimize the risk of allergic reactions. This also ensures that you follow a consistent course of action that is deemed safe.

    By taking these steps, you can help protect yourself from potential allergies caused by UV curing nail products. It is important to remember that while the risk of allergy is generally low, a combination of product selection, proper use and personal precautions play a key role in further reducing this risk.