A manicure or pedicure should be a pain-free, relaxing experience. Personal care treatments can be dangerous, though, if they aren’t performed in clean facilities by properly trained individuals. Your health can be at risk unless sanitation protocol and infection control practices are followed. We want to keep Virginia safe from skin infection outbreaks that have harmed hundreds of nail salon customers in other states. In addition to periodic inspections of licensed nail salons, DPOR conducts complaint-based site visits to ensure compliance with laws and regulations governing safety, health, and infection control. But it only takes one lapse in protocol for an infection to take hold, and so we need your help to be vigilant at all times.
Nail care is one of seven license types regulated by the Board for Barbers and Cosmetology at DPOR. The other six are barbering, cosmetology, waxing, tattooing, body piercing, and esthetics. ONLY licensed nail technicians and cosmetologists are allowed to perform nail care services for compensation, and they must be provided in a licensed nail salon or cosmetology salon.
The warm, moist environment of a footbath after a pedicure is ripe for bacterial and fungal strains to collect and grow. The screens and tubes are particularly vulnerable—even if the basin itself is clean or uses a disposable liner—which is why it is critically important maintenance be performed in accordance with manufacturer recommendations.
If open sores or skin wounds are present—including microscopic shaving cuts, insect bites, scratches, scabbed-over wounds, or any condition that weakens the skin barrier—germs have a pathway into the body.
People with diabetes are at particular risk of infection and should take extra precautions with foot treatments.
DPOR advises you to take a good look before soaking your feet, and be aware of these tips to help you have a satisfying and safe pedicure:
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