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Think of nail polish like make up

September 4, 2018 by Dubai Podiatry Centre6

When nail polish is applied it masks the nail and creates a waterproof covering. Water can get in from all edges of the nail polish and create a fungal infection underneath. Sweat from under skin goes through the toenail and gets trapped as the nail polish blocks the moisture from leaving the nail. This can rot the toenail. This can be avoided if you paint your nails and then remove the nail polish the next day try and think of it like putting on make up and taking off later that day.

Nail polish is much harsher than make up so the effects on the toenail are much more severe. The nail polish should really only be used for the special event or during the day or the evening and removed later. Nail polish that stays on for longer is thought to be of better quality. Of course nail polish can look very nice but hygienically it’s actually not the best for the nails.

By removing the nail polish the same day or the next day, it keeps the nails healthy and clean. Of course it’s nice to go for manicures and pedicures. Although everyone likes to keep the nail polish on for as long as possible it’s actually better to remove the next day. If the nails have been tidied and cleaned with a manicure and pedicure, it’s quite easy to paint the nail polish ourselves for a few times until the next professional manicure pedicure clean and tidy-up.

Happy and healthy nails are easily achieved with nail polish when used like make- up. Take it off as soon as you can and enjoy wearing it while it is on.


  • Alison Craigson

    September 16, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    I have white spots on my toenails. I’m worried it’s fungus. Can I come to your Centre to check? Thanks Alison


    • Dubai Podiatry Centre

      September 24, 2018 at 3:07 pm

      Dear Alison, Yes you can WhatsApp us for appointments 0503553024 and the Podiatrist, Michelle Champlin can clear up the spots on the same appointment time. Bring open shoes / sandals to your appointment to help the nails breath immediately after your treatment. Best wishes, Dubai Podiatry Centre


  • Tanya Van Helgusson

    September 23, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    How long will it take my big toenail to grow out? I’ve stopped wearing nail polish as my nails were yellow with white spots when I took my nail polish off after summer. 1 month or more? Tanya


    • Dubai Podiatry Centre

      September 24, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      Dear Tanya, it may take 6 months for the entire length of a big toenail to grow-out. 3 months for smaller toenail on the 2,3,4,5th toes. Best wishes, Dubai Podiatry Centre


  • Margaret Donaldson

    September 23, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    We went to Thailand for 1 month over summer and I kept gelish polish on my toenails the entire time as it stays on forever. But my nails are white and the big toe has a green spot underneath with some clear liquid coming out but it’s not painful. We are back in Dubai now. Should I let them breathe or do you think I should come and see the doctor? Maggie


    • Dubai Podiatry Centre

      September 24, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Dear Maggie, yes you should make an appointment with Podiatrist Michelle Champlin as the green area with liquid coming out is a cause for concern. Please WhatsApp 0503553024. Best wishes, Dubai Podiatry Centre


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