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Nail polish

I have researched chemical free polishes. I looked up butterlondon. They list many polishes that do not contain harmful “3”. If you have an Ulta store where you live, they carry butterlondon polish. China Glaze polish without these chemicals will have black label on bottom of bottle with white writing. OPI will have white label with green writing. Butterlondon $18 bottle. I opted for China Glaze. Just thought this might help.

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Thank you. I have not painted my nails in over 4 years! I will check it out! 👍🏼😃

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Yes & you might read butterlondon. There are a lot of brands. 😊

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Try Lilly lo lo they are online

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Thank you!

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Hi. I have just bought some nail varnishes from Lily LoLo and they are very good. I was not aware of the toxins in nail varnish but I will buy these products from now. Take care 😀

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Are they pricey?

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No Gwillis they are very reasonable. They also have offers

Miriam x

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Thank you❣️

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Hi. No. I got three on an offer for £3.50 each which I thought was really good 😀

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👍😊

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I was aware however as I was a Nail technician I did not give it too much thought along with the gel varnishes . Six months ago when I was diagnosed I took it far more seriously. I asked my professor he said not to wear it.

Lilly lo lo is a lovely product . For a shinier finish you could use top coat from butter London.

Kind wishes

Miriam x

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What chemicals do you avoid (for this and other things)? My hep doesn't care about chemicals or food! Seems illogical to me and I've been reducing chemical exposure for years. Any advice?

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I think we should eat less processed foods. Avoid cured meats with nitrates, eat organic for certain foods known to be pesticides laden, i.e. Grapes, leafy green veggies, potatoes, apples.

Eat more white meat & less red, lean cuts of meat, etc.

This is advice for everyone, not just the PBC population.

Having said that having a "bad" food every now & then is okay because we have to enjoy ourselves as well.

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Formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin & there’s one more but I’ll have to look it up & let you know.

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Theresa...actually just research chemical free nail polish. May have to maneuver around some of the links. I also clicked on “allure cosmetics “ link. They seems to list more & some are free of 5 & 7 chemicals. Interesting

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So, you're saying we should not paint our nails? Wow! Never thought it would affect our liver too. What about moisturizers.... lotion?

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I believe Mirimaur first mentioned nail polish & that’s when I started being aware. So best I can tell, those chemicals are absorbed into our blood. I’m going to go along with her & use chemical free as best I can. She is a nail tech, if I remember correctly.

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Makes sense. Just never thought about it. Thank you

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I went to GI Dr yesterday. Had a fill in & she laughed when I questioned her if anything absorbed through the skin will affect your liver and tell me I don't need to worry about that.

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That's good to know. Was wondering if I needed to reevaluate my skin care regiment & look for organic products.

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I would not trust the woman I seen and get the opinion of a experienced dr with PBC knowledge. I do not think she was knowledgeable and had to ask a dr in the practice to come in and talk to me but I wasn't able to ask him.

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My hepatologist has not said anything about this. I’ll have to ask his view on this. Your GI doctor is not well versed in PBC? Aren’t you seeing her for that?

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nycgirl, you replying to me?

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Well, if environmental toxins are bad I would think chemicals in nail polish might be as well. I don’t know but it’s just as easy to buy polish minus some of the harmful stuff.

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The bigger problem is the acetone soaks usually necessary to remove the newer polishes. Soaking your fingers in an organic solvent is extremely unhealthy, and organic solvents are known to be possible triggers for certain autoimmune conditions.

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I don’t soak. I do it the old way, cotton ball & non-acetone remover.

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If that gets the job done for you, that’s much safer. Many of the newer, super long-lasting polishes (like Shellac) don’t come off that way. I just buff and go natural since getting sick with several autoimmune conditions. 👍🏻

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That's why I don't want to go to the nail salons...breathing in all those toxic fumes.

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I haven’t worn polish in a long time. The tips wear off too quickly. But the toes are always polished.

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