Posts for tag: Pedicure

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
May 07, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Manicure   Pedicure  

Proper nail care is the key to keeping your nails looking their best. Following safety guidelines for manicures and pedicures and visiting Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, the Willowbrook, IL, dermatology office of dermatologists Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti, will help you protect your skin and nails.

7 manicure and pedicure tips

Whether you visit a manicurist or perform your own mani/pedis, keep these dos and don'ts in mind:

  • Do use clean equipment: If you and another family member share manicure equipment, cleaning it after every use will reduce the risk of infection. When you visit a nail salon, ask how often the employees clean the equipment. If they don't clean every piece of equipment after every customer, or you notice unhygienic practices, it's time to find a new salon.
  • Do bring your own tools: You won't have to worry about contamination with bacteria or fungus when you bring your own manicure tools to your appointment.
  • Don't forget to moisturize your nails: Nails benefit from daily moisturizing. If they become too dry, they're more likely to split, crack and break. Apply moisturizer every day and after you remove nail polish.
  • Don't hide your nail problems: Concealing your problem nails under artificial nails may only worsen your nail issues.
  • Do use a gentle touch with your cuticles: Never cut your cuticles. Use a gentle touch if you prefer to push back your cuticles. Pushing cuticles back too hard can damage them and could cause an infection. Call the Willowbrook dermatology office if you notice signs and symptoms of an infection, which can include red skin, pain, blisters filled with pus, loose nail, or a change in the color or shape of the nail.
  • Don't shave before your pedicure appointment: It's best to wait until after your pedicure appointment to shave your lower legs. Shaving can cause tiny nicks or cuts in your skin, making it easier for bacteria or fungi in the footbath water to enter your skin.
  • Do apply a base coat: Applying a base coat of nail polish can prevent temporary nail discoloration that may occur after you remove red, orange, or brightly colored polish.

Are you concerned about a nail infection or another dermatology issue? Call your dermatologists in Willowbrook, IL, Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, at (630) 321-0303 to schedule an appointment.