Nail cosmetics

Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2012 May-Jun;78(3):309-17. doi: 10.4103/0378-6323.95445.


The nail as an anatomic structure protects the terminal phalanx of the digit from injury. Historically, it has served as a tool for protection and for survival. As civilizations developed, it attained the additional function of adornment. Nail beautification is a big industry today, with various nail cosmetics available, ranging from nail hardeners, polishes, extensions, artificial/sculpted nails, and nail decorations. Adverse events may occur either during the nail-grooming procedure or as a reaction to the individual components of the nail cosmetics. This holds true for both the client and the nail technician. Typically, any of the procedures involves several steps and a series of products. Separate "nail-bars" have been set up dedicated to serve women and men interested in nail beautification. This article attempts to comprehensively inform and educate the dermatologist on the services offered, the products used, and the possible/potential adverse effects related to nail-grooming and nail cosmetics.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Art
  • Beauty*
  • Cosmetics / administration & dosage*
  • Cosmetics / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Nail Diseases / pathology
  • Nail Diseases / therapy*
  • Nails*


  • Cosmetics