News from the American Academy of Dermatology: Dermatologist Warns Gel Manicure Is A Cancer Risk

The Washington Times (3/7, Chasmar) reports Dr. Chris Adigun, a dermatologist at the New York University School of Medicine, in a recent article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, warned that “a rising fad of replacing traditional nail polish with quick-hardening gel may result in skin cancer, ” due to the UV light needed to cure the gel. Dr. Adigun advised, “Moderation is the key when it comes to gel manicures,” adding that he “advocates wearing hand sunscreen for women who get frequent gel manicures.”

The New York Post (3/7, Stretten, Sutherland, Fagen) reports, “Another concern is that no one knows what is the proper dose of these harmful rays because the UV lamps are not regulated.” Research published in JAMA Dermatology in 2009 said that “two middle-aged women, who did not have a history of skin cancer, developed tumors on their hands following exposure to UV nail light.” In contrast, the “LED lamps are used in drying regular nail polish and don’t pose a health risk because they don’t emit ultraviolet radiation.” An additional issue with the gel is that its durability means it can conceal nail brittleness, thinning, or cracking.

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