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Turns Out You Can, in Fact, Be Allergic to Nail Polish


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Fun fact: You can be allergic to nail polish. Scary-sounding ingredients like tosylamide-formaldehyde resin, toluene, free formaldehyde, acrylates,В and methacrylatesВ are common polish ingredients that can induce aВ reaction like contact dermatitis. (Not exactly what you're going for when you get a manicure.)

ButВ we're wising up to the harmful ingredients in our beauty products, and the nail polish world has stepped up to the task of creating safer versions that actually work. Now it's not uncommon to find five-, seven-, and nine-free polishes in both drugstores and clean beauty boutiques. To break down what that means, we rounded up our favorite nontoxic nail polish brands-and what potential allergy-inducing ingredients they're free of.В

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish Collection $9Shop

The brand: Pacifica

Formulated without:В parabens, phthalates, toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin

Jinsoon Muse Nail Lacquer $18Shop

The brand: JinsoonВ

Formulated without: formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, triphenyl phosphate, parabens, lead

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer $18Shop

The brand: Smith & Cult

Formulated without:В dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, triphenyl phosphate

Zoya Nail Lacquer $10Shop

The brand: Zoya

Formulated without:В formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, and camphor

Tenoverten Nail Polish $18Shop

The brand: TenovertenВ

Formulated without:В dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, triphenyl phosphate

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish $20Shop

The brand: Deborah Lippmann

Formulated without: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, camphor, xylene, and diethylhexyl adipate

Context Nail Lacquer $15Shop

The brand: ContextВ

Formulated without: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP, and camphor

CГґte Nail Polish $18Shop

The brand: CГґteВ

Formulated without:В formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, formaldehyde resin, and triphenyl phosphateВ

Butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer $18Shop

The brand: Butter London

Formulated without: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, and TPHP

RMS Beauty Nail Polish $15Shop

The brand: RMS BeautyВ

Formulated without:В petrochemicals, parabens, DPB, TPHP, toluene, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and animal products

Next up: Read about our favorite clean beauty products.В