It just seems that no matter what you do, your nails chip and tear. A regular manicure seems like a waste of money; after all, it’s not long before your nails are chipped and torn again. Everywhere you go, you see women with amazing nails, with intricate nail art and vibrant colors. You think to yourself: “Why not me?”

Acrylic and gel nails are attractive, but they might not be all they’re cracked up to be, says Kasia Masterpol, MD, a Lahey Health dermatologist, now practicing in Burlington and opening soon in Woburn. What are the risks of acrylic nails? What about the safety of gel nails? Masterpol shares her tips on how to wear these workhorses.


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