Nail Polish Can Give you a Face Rash!

Posted on Apr 27 2013 - 12:01am by Grace

Okay, woah. I’ve been noticing my skin getting a little sketchy over the past two months, which also happens to be about the same time my last gel manicure was taken off. So could there be a link between the two events? According to Clinique, yes.


Clinique has launched a nail polish collection for the consumer with sensitive skin, stating that nail enamel is actually a “significant allergen source for periorbital dermatitis — a facial rash that develops around the lower and upper eyelids.” Woah, dude. My skin is sketchy around my lower eyelids. According to Refinery29, the most common nail-polish ingredient that is linked to skin allergies is toluene sulfonamide formaldehyde resin, or TSFR.

The good folks over at Clinique explain that when your nail polish-clad hands come into contact with your face, it can cause a rash on your face and as a solution, they are offering nail polish whose enamels have been tested for safety by both dermatologists and ophthalmologists. The line features a dual topcoat and basecoat, 12 permanent shades in classic hues, and nine limited-edition brights for summer.


What do you think- is Clinique being legit, or just hoping on the “sensitive skin” bandwagon?

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  1. Jasmin April 27, 2013 at 2:06 PM - Reply

    I would trust Clinique – they know their shit.

  2. Cara Roach April 29, 2013 at 1:03 PM - Reply

    6 Baby Pink NailsRemember how you hated black polish in the nineties (too goth), but couldn’t get enough of it in 2006 (when there was a waiting list for Chanel Black Satin), only to watch its popularity fade for…eggplant? Trendy polish colors come and go, but pale pink remains. “It’s glam, it looks great on all skin tones and it really hides chips,” says celeb manicurist Jin Soon Choi.

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  4. Joy June 4, 2013 at 10:38 PM - Reply

    Thanks for the post! I’ve tried water based nail polishes so I’d be interested to see if the Clinique ones are as sensitive skin friendly!

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