Health & Fit Gel manicures can increase your risk of cancer, according to dermatologists

21:06  17 may  2018
21:06  17 may  2018 Source:   wellandgood.com

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According to a 2009 article published in Archives of Dermatology , the quick drying, long lasting effect of gel manicures obtained through UV lights can increase your risk of cancer due to the typical 10-minute duration your hand is exposed to the nail lamps.

But gel manicures could cause lasting damage to the nails and even increase the risk of skin cancer , dermatologists have warned. Hands are exposed to UV light when setting gel manicures , which increases the risk of skin cancer according to experts.

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Gel manicures always come hand in hand with a twinge of guilt. While the rock-hard polish has some serious staying power, drying your hands under the warm glow of those UV or LED (they still emit UVA light) curing lamps feels a little...wrong. Turns out, your gut reaction isn't failing you: There are some dangers involved, and not just because of the chemicals.

In the past, the American Academy of Dermatology has warned nail salon frequenters that, although your time spent using the lamps is short, those UV rays are four times stronger than that of the sun, which can really add up over longtime use. Just ask Karolina Jasko, a 20-year-old Illinois woman, who told Fox 32 that she found out the hard way that using light to harden freshly painted nails comes with a cost.

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Getting frequent manicures can be hazardous if they involve UV lamps, according to some doctors. Some dermatologists have said the UV lamps for gel nail manicures could increase the risk of cancer .

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 . Protect Your Skin. Regular nail polish does not pose the same cancerous risk of gel manicures .

Jasko was diagnosed with melanoma two years ago at only 18—the most dangerous (and most deadly) form of skin cancer. According to her doctor, the likely culprit was her nail salon visits. "I got this black vertical line on my fingernail and I never really noticed it because I had acrylics. The doctor said I most likely got it from getting my nails done from the nail salon," she says.

Though she might have been at a higher risk due to a previous family history of melanoma, Carolyn Jacob, MD, director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, says everyone should be careful when getting gel manicures. It might not feel as naughty as lying in a tanning bed, but it's really all the same. "Whether indoor tanning, UV lamp, outdoor tanning, all of those can cause aging of the skin and potential for skin cancers," she says.

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But gel manicures could cause lasting damage to the nails and even increase the risk of skin cancer , dermatologists have warned. of skin cancer according to experts. Each coat is set using UV light - and experts say this could have dangerous side-effects.

According to dermatologist , the UV light needed to set the three layers of nail polish for the gel manicures is just as dangerous as a tanning bed. These manicure machines are not regulated so consumers do not know how much of the rays they are exposed to.

With this news, you're probably wondering: Are gel manis officially off the table? Not totally. According to Dr. Jacob, the key is simply upping the protection during your visits by using sunscreen with a "physical blocker like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to cover all of your skin," as well as protective gloves. Since not all salons will provide you with these options, bring them yourself. You can snag some online that have UPF 50+.

But that being said, you *can* use this as an excuse to skip the gels altogether. After all, naked nails are in, so why not take full advantage?

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