Doug Schoon is an internationally-recognized scientist, author and educator with over 30 years experience in the cosmetic, beauty and personal care industry. He is a leading industry authority, known for his technical and regulatory work that has helped shape the beauty industry. He is Co-Chair of the Nail Manufacturers Council (NMC), and as Creative Nail Design’s (CND) Chief Scientist, was head of the R&D laboratory, QA, and Field Testing/Evaluation departments for almost 20 years.
I was asked why some colours seem to fade more when LED nail lamps are used. UV can fade cosmetic colorants, and different colorants will fade at different rates and to varying degrees. LED nail lamps produce more intense UV, that’s how they cure UV gels faster, so it makes sense that some colours would fade more quickly with LED nail lamps, or if that LED lamp was not specifically approved for use with the product.
This is but one of many reasons why it is soooo important to only use the nail lamp that has been scientifically tested and approved for use with the nail product of your choice.
Using the incorrect nail lamp can also over cure your products to produce excessive heat spikes and burn the nail bed. This can cause onycholysis and possibly nail bed infections. Under curing can lead to skin irritation and/or permanent allergic reactions. Both can be avoided by using the recommended nail lamp. If no lamp is recommended, my advice is to find a product that does make this important recommendation and follow it… it’s that important.
About Doug Schoon
Doug Schoon has authored several books, video and audio training programs, as well as dozens of magazine articles about salon products, safety, and best practices for salon professionals. Schoon is well known for his captivating presentation style and his unique ability to make complex concepts easy to understand.
In 1986, Schoon founded Chemical Awareness Training Service (CATS) – the beauty industry’s first safety training company. This was followed by his book, Nail Structure & Product Chemistry, 1st and 2nd Edition, which has become essential reading for nail salon pros. Schoon is a chief contributor to Milady’s Standard Nail Technology and Standard Cosmetology, as well as several medical reference books such as Baran and Maibach’s Textbook of Cosmetic Dermatology and Cosmetic Dermatology: A Comprehensive Medical and Surgical Text.
Schoon serves as an expert witness in legal cases, and doctors, dermatologists and podiatrists often consult Schoon when writing articles, books or scientific papers. He has worked as a scientific researcher, author and lecturer for almost 35 years and holds a Masters Degree in Chemistry from UC-Irvine. He currently resides in Dana Point, CA.