A new study shows that gel manicures are a risk factor for skin cancer due to the UVA rays emitted from the UV drying lamps — are your beautiful long-lasting gel manicure days behind you?
Those fabulous gel manicure days just might have to be limited due to a new study conducted by a doctor at the NYU School of Medicine. Gel manicures look great on stars like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez but the risks factors are not worth this fabulosity. Although gel manicures don’t chip and last twice as long as regular manicures, the dose of UV light that is used to dry the gel can damage the skin in a similar way to a tanning bed.
A research study published in JAMA Dermatology in 2009 showed a case of two middle-aged women, who had no history of skin cancer, developing tumors on their hands. According to a March 6 report in the New York Post, these tumors resulted following their exposure to the UV nail lights during their gel manicures. Dr. Chris Adigun, of the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, warns women of gel manicures in her recent article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
The Risk Of Gel Nails
“Women who frequently get gel manicures should consider their skin-cancer risk because the UV light needed to cure the gel manicure is a risk factor for skin cancer,” said Dr. Adigun.
The popularity of gel manicures is becoming dangerous especially since some salon customers get gel on their nails every two weeks — increasing their risk of skin cancer. Dr. Adigun suggests users be aware of the consequences that can arise from these manicures.
“As in the case with most things, moderations is the key when it comes to gel manicures,” said the doctor. “If you get them regularly, you need to be aware of the possible consequences.”
Protect Your Skin
Regular nail polish does not pose the same cancerous risk of gel manicures. Leaving a manicure on for an extended period of time, especially gel manicures, is unhealthy and can damage the growth of your nails. In case you do choose to continue getting gel manicures, Dr. Adigum advise users to apply sunscreen to the hands in order to ” decrease the consequences of chemical trauma.”
Worried that natural nails won’t look as glamorous as gel? Lea Michele showed off her manicure on The View on Wednesday, March 6, explaining that they were simply tips that were painted herself. She explained that it was definitely better for her than the heat that comes off the light from the gel.
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