The biggest risk to the nail when polishing is the loss of the natural barrier the nail provides against fungal infections. Dr. Borkosky explains that fungus thrives in warm, dark and moist environments and the skin underneath the nail provides a great place to set up shop. Nail polish blocks out sunlight and air and allows moisture to build up. "The other concern is the harsh chemicals in the polish itself" Dr. Borkosky continues "Most commercially available polishes contain formaldehyde, DBP and toluene." These chemicals break apart the nail fibers creating invisible cracks and crevices that allow the fungus to take hold. Many of these chemicals have also been tied to cancer and DBP has been banned in Europe.
Another question to answer is whether to perform the polish yourself or present to a salon for a pedicure. Dr. Borkosky advises that you perform the task yourself especially if you have diabetes or other immune compromising conditions. If you do attend a salon, choose one that is clean and well maintained. Make sure the whirlpool tubs are sterilized after each client and that the instruments are as well. "If you attend a salon regularly, purchasing your own instruments and taking them with you is advisable" states Dr. Borkosky. She also warns "do not allow any pushing back or trimming of the cuticle" The cuticle is present to seal the skin and the nail. Most infections (both bacterial and fungal)
that arise from a pedicure come from the introduction of these organisms under the cuticle during these actions. "The salon should respect your request to not have the cuticle handled and if they do not you need to choose a new salon" recommends Dr. Borkosky.
If you do decide to sparkle up those toenails this summer season, Dr. Borkosky recommends the use of natural, chemical free nail polish. "Dr's. Remedy nail polish is a unique product formulated by podiatrists which contains natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial compounds such as tea tree oil and garlic bulb extract." The polish also contains vitamins and wheat protein to help strengthen the nail and produces a healthy, natural shine. The nail polish has received the seal of approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association and is a healthy way to add color to your nails. There is also an acetone free remover to safely remove the polish without damaging the nails.
Oak Tree Podiatry in Mauldin SC is proud to offer the latest, seasonal colors and is always updating their collection to offer to patients. Dr. Borkosky also stocks the remover, base coat and clear top coat as well.
|Summer colors are in stock now|
|An array of beautiful, long lasting, safe colors|
We are located at: 5 Winchester Court, Mauldin SC 29662.