Dermatologist Issues Health Warning Detailing the Potential Dangers of Gel Manicures



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Dermatologist Issues Health Warning Detailing the Potential Dangers of Gel Manicures
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You’ve probably heard that you can learn a lot from your fingernails. But are you aware of just how many health issues you can spot just from looking at your hands?

We all want our fingernails to look great, and the finishing touch is definitely a good manicure. It can take a while to get a gorgeous manicure, and especially when you’re paying a salon for your pretty nails, you want it to last a while.
Gel manicures have become very popular because they are tough and can easily last a couple of weeks without chipping. However, there’s growing concern that they can cause skin cancer.

In order for a gel manicure to be a real gel manicure, it requires UVA light to be applied to the nails to set the polish. Customers must place their fingers under a lamp that emits UVA rays in order for the polish to harden. This could take anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes.

LED lamps to harden polish faster than UV lamps. Many fans of gel manicures believe that LED lamps don’t transmit UV light, but that’s not the case. In fact, the LED lamps actually emit stronger UVA rays than the UV lamps. That’s why they work more quickly.

Dermatologist Issues Health Warning Detailing the Potential Dangers of Gel Manicures

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UVA rays penetrate the skin even more deeply than UVB rays, and they can cause sun spots, wrinkles, and even skin cancer.

Dr. Chris Adigun is a dermatologist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and she said, “UVA ray exposure increases your risk of skin cancer, and you have to have UVA exposure to cure a gel manicure.”

Adigun noted that while we don’t know for sure if gel manicures can cause skin cancer, it’s a good idea to protect yourself from the risk. She has a couple of recommendations.

First of all, you could put sunscreen on your hands before you get a gel manicure, but Adigun actually prefers another method. She says that it’s even more effective to cover your hands with gloves with the fingertips cut out or use another garment like a t-shirt or a scarf to shield your skin from the UV light.

Also, if you’re taking medicines such as an oral antibiotic or doxycycline your skin will be extra sensitive to UV light, so it’s important to be even more cautious to prevent your skin from burning or blistering.

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