Gel Manicures Increase The Risk Of Cancer, Says Doctor

Wed, March 6, 2013 12:36pm EST by 9 Comments
Gel Manicure Cancer
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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.

Hey HollywoodLifers! Tell what you think about this new gel manicure skin study below.

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Mistress Mars

Posted at 5:15 AM on June 1, 2014  

Totally inaccurate! Really, you should not publish such rubbish here! You can have your nails done for 50 years and still not get the UV you would have from 1 hours sitting in the sun.

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Posted at 5:13 PM on February 14, 2014  

I recently found a new product in NAILS magazine called YOUVEESHIELD. I tried it and love it; it is not very expensive, unbelievably easy to use, and protects the entire hand or foot from damaging UV rays. I’m surprised no one thought of this before!

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Posted at 5:39 PM on April 21, 2013  

Utter nonsense in my opinion. Your hands are always exposed to UV light. The 5 seconds you put your hands under the UV can now give you cancer. Well so can a microwave, radio or cell phone etc.

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Posted at 12:35 PM on April 19, 2013  

Thanks designed for sharing such a good opinion, article is nice, thats
why i have read it completely

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Posted at 4:24 PM on March 6, 2013  

Natural nails can look just as great as any acrylic or gel nails. You just have to know how to take care of them. I do my own manicures, untrained and get a lot of compliments on how nice they look.

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Posted at 2:14 PM on March 6, 2013  

I use sfp50 sunscreen and gloves. dont forget you have to put cream just before putting under the light and not at beginning of manicure.

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Posted at 1:32 PM on March 6, 2013  

You can get gel nails that cure with LED light instead of UV light. SensatioNail and Sally Hansen have DIY kits that use LED instead of UV.

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Posted at 12:20 AM on March 8, 2013  

I can’t understand that you still believe these propaganda nonsense. In my whole 5o years I’ve NEVER EVER came across any cancer on anybody’s hands going for gel manicures. How can 6 minutes every 2 weeks per hand cause a risk and how can you compare it to tan beds then? The doctor spoke of 2 woman – 2 woman who most properly also drive around a lot in their cars with sun exposure on their hands when on the steering wheel – I suppose one of these days we can say goodbye to driving in our cars as well. I think we must rather stop reading because all of the negative propaganda on just about everything causing so much stress that we might die of heart attacks – we need to die of something – my goodness rather die happy then.

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