If you have a bruised or damaged toenail, are experiencing yellow brittle nails, or have nails that just don’t grow “normally”, chances are you have tried or considered having an acrylic nail applied at the nail salon. While acrylics may seem like a quick and easy solution to your nail concerns, there are some important factors you need to consider before rushing off to the nail salon.
Acrylics can seem like a great solution to covering up a problem toenail, but they can be harmful to an existing condition. For example, if you have toenail fungus, an acrylic nail could cause further damage to your nail due to the fact that acrylics are porous which means water can get under the acrylic and cause even more fungus to grow! Acrylic is not flexible and the toenail experiences lots of flexibility during the use of your foot (i.e. walking, running). This lack of flexibility can cause the acrylic to pull on your nail bed and cause damage.
A great alternative to using acrylics is a product called the Keryflex Nail Restoration System. Its application process is similar to that of gel nail polish but without the damaging effects. Keryflex is a medical grade cosmetic resin- not a gel- while Keryflex does not treat nail fungus, it can be used during fungal nail treatment. Keryflex was designed specifically for toenails it is non-porous, durable and flexible. The Keryflex Nail Restoration System can only be applied by a medical professional, you won’t find it in your local beauty supply store or nail salon.
Acrylic may be a quick, inexpensive and easy way to hide a problem, but depending upon your situation, it could make things worse.
Speak with your podiatrist in regards to your toenail concerns and ask if the Keryflex Nail Restoration System is right for you.