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A chemical banned decades ago from Arizona nail salons is still present in some beauty salons in Pima County, according to public records.

Ten local nail salons were cited in the first nine months of 2021 for having methyl methacrylate on site – a substance described by the US Food and Drug Administration as “a poisonous and deleterious substance that should not be used in nail preparations’.

Arizona is one of 30 states that have banned the chemical compound, commonly known as MMA, since the FDA sounded the alarm in the early 1970s after receiving “a number of personal injury complaints” related to its use in nail products.

Experts say MMA can cause serious allergic reactions such as blistering, peeling and cracking and rashes on the hands, nails or face if someone touches their face after being given a set of acrylic nails made with MMA. The Arizona Daily Star obtained salon inspection data through a request for public records from the Arizona Barbering and Cosmetology Board.

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In the 1970s, the FDA cracked down on MMA 100% but did not impose an outright ban, prompting many states to pass their own laws against the substance’s use in salons. manicure.

MMA still appears fairly regularly in nail salons across the state, said Isabella Neal, spokeswoman for the council that regulates the industry. “MMA quotes are extremely common and always have been since the FDA banned the use,” she said.

MMA products generally cost much less than legally approved alternatives, a financial incentive to operate outside the law. For example, directnail.com, a Florida-based wholesaler, charges $70 for a gallon of MMA nail solution and $126 — 80% more — for a similar product without MMA.

In Pima County, all of last year’s MMA violations came to light during council inspections, Neal said. None were due to injury complaints, which isn’t unusual, she said, because consumers are generally unaware of a potential link between acrylic nails and medical symptoms.

“The public is generally unaware of MMA or the signs related to MMA use, so it’s not that common to receive complaints about injuries resulting directly from MMA use,” Neal said in a statement. E-mail.

Doctors at the Banner-University Medicine Dermatology Clinic in Tucson, many of whom also teach at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, say it’s not unusual to see local patients who have developed ailments serious skin problems after applying acrylic nails.

“We commonly see it in the fingers and face or wherever the nails touch. Hand dermatitis, itching, peeling and rashes,” said Dr. Rebecca Thiede, assistant professor. Sometimes there is permanent damage to a patient’s natural nails, she says.

The fine for having MMA in a licensed salon in Arizona is usually $250 if there are no other violations at the time of the inspection and no previous violations in the last three years. Neal wouldn’t say if a fine of that level is enough to deter the use of MMA.

To file an online complaint about a licensed nail salon, go to https://boc.az.gov/complaint-form-0 and scroll to page 3.

The following Pima County salons were cited and fined for MMA violations:

1070 E. Tucson Marketplace Blvd. #120, Tuson.

An inspector found a gallon of nail solution with MMA on site on May 18, 2021. The inspection also revealed that towels and wet sanitizer were improperly stored and a container of paraffin wax was “contaminated with debris “. The operator had not committed any prior violations in three years and paid a $750 fine. Management did not respond in a timely manner to a voicemail message seeking comment.

2404 S. Harrison Road, Tucson.

A council inspector found two gallons of MMA nail fluid at the scene on January 14, 2021. The operator was also cited for filthy conditions (dust, nail clippings, litter) at seven of the eight stations and for the reuse of items such as nail files and pumice stones that are supposed to be thrown away after each customer. The salon, which had not committed any violations in the previous three years, paid a $500 fine to settle the allegations. Manager Simon Tran said the show no longer uses MMA.

11165 N. La Cañada Dr., Suite 125, Oro Valley.

An inspection on March 29, 2021 found a gallon of nail liquid with a “very strong MMA smell” and no ingredient label. The inspector also found two employees illegally performing manicures and pedicures on clients without a required state license. The salon, which had not committed any other violations in the previous three years, paid a $750 fine to settle the matter. Manager Lien Trinh told The Star that the MMA solution was dropped by a former salon owner.

18690 S. Nogales Hwy., #112, Green Valley.

A state inspector found a gallon of MMA nail solution onsite on February 9, 2021. No other violations were found and the salon had no history of violations in the previous three years. The operator paid a fine of $250. Management could not be reached for comment as there was no answer and no voicemail at the phone number listed on state licensing records.

4016 N. 1st Ave., Tucson.

An inspector found two gallons of nail fluid with MMA at the premises on March 29, 2021. No other violations were found and the salon has had no previous violations in the past three years. The operator paid a fine of $250. A man who answered the phone number listed in state records but did not identify himself declined to comment.

202 W. Calle De Las Tiendas, Suite C, Green Valley.

The operator paid a $250 fine after a gallon of nail solution with MMA was found onsite during an inspection on August 12, 2021. It was the second fine since 2019, when the operator was fined $250 for not properly sanitizing salon tools and having a “soiled work area.” Management did not respond in a timely manner to a voicemail message seeking comment.

8250 E. Broadway, Tucson.

A one-gallon pitcher of MMA nail solution “was the only nail liquid in the salon,” when an inspector visited on Oct. 12, 2021, state records show. The inspector “informed the owner” of the MMA product ban, according to the report. The salon, which has not committed any other violations in the past three years, paid a $250 fine. Management could not be reached for comment. There was no answer or voicemail to the phone number listed in state licensing records.

515 E Grant Road, #161, Tucson

A council inspector found a gallon of MMA nail liquid on site on January 19, 2021. The salon was also cited for having no manager on duty, for contaminating jets in three of the four pedicure pools due to a lack of proper disinfection; and to reuse nail files and other single-use tools that are supposed to be thrown away after each customer. The operator paid $850 to settle the allegations. Management did not respond in a timely manner to a voicemail message seeking comment.

A gallon of nail liquid with “a strong smell of MMA” was “the only nail liquid they had in the salon,” said a March 8, 2021 inspection report that found no other breach. The salon, which has not been cited before in the past three years, paid a $250 fine. Management could not be reached for comment. There was no answer or voicemail to the phone number listed on the state licensing records.

6811 N. Thornydale Road #155, Tucson.

An April 26 inspection found a gallon of nail liquid with MMA on site. The operator has not committed any violations in the previous three years and has paid a fine of $250. Management did not respond in a timely manner to a voicemail message seeking comment.

Contact reporter Carol Ann Alaimo at 573-4138 or [email protected] On Twitter: @AZStarConsumer