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Okay guys, here is the info about that scary product called MMA. I am going to tell you what I know about it, and then you can make your choice.

What is MMA?

MMA refers to Methyl Methacrylate, an acrylic based polymer commonly used as an adhesive in dental repair work, adhesive cements, surgical bone implants, and in the manufacture of clear acrylic glazing. MMA can also be used in a variety of construction applications. Companies also use MMA in protective surface coatings such as exterior latex house paint.

What are the health risks of MMA?

MMA is extremely destructive to tissue of the mucous membranes and the upper respiratory tract Inhalation may be fatal as a result of spasm, inflammation and edema of the larynx and bronchi, chemical pneumonitis and pulmonary edema. Symptoms may include burning sensation, coughing, wheezing, laryngitis, shortness of breath, headache, nausea and vomiting. If absorbed through skin. MMA is extremely destructive to the tissue of the skin and eyes. It targets certain organs in the human body including the nose, the liver and the kidneys. It is a suspected fetotoxin possibly causing developmental abnormalities in the embryo or fetus of pregnant women.

What does this have to do with nails?

It should have nothing to do with nails! Unfortunately when the professional nail industry first began taking shape manufacturers used MMA as an ingredient in their nail products. The practice continued until the increasing number of health related complaints was brought to the attention of the FDA who took action to ban the use of MMA after it was noted to be too toxic and its effects too serious to be used in the nail industry. The danger to you is still present today as MMA continues to be used illegally be many discount nail salons and questionable nail technicians.

What should I look for?

Overall appearance. If the environment around you is unsanitary, chances are so is your nail tech.

MMA has a very offensive and strong odor so be suspicious of any unfamiliar and offensive odor at your nail technicians station.

Nails that are unusually hard and difficult to file.

Nails that are difficult or impossible to remove in conventional solvents manufactured for the removal of acrylic nails.

Improper sanitation techniques. All tools should be sterilized and fresh towels laid down for each client. The nail tech should always wash their hands between clients.

Is your operator’s license clearly displayed?

Are employees wearing masks? Those who work with MMA know of its toxicity and will often wear masks to protect themselves.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Your inquiries should be answered in a professional and educated manner. There is no reason that the operator should be secretive about their product brand names.

Never feel that you should settle for anything less than a clean environment in which you are comfortable.