A rising fad of replacing traditional nail polish with quick-hardening gel may result in skin cancer, according to a dermatologist at at the New York University School of Medicine.
“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,” Dr. Chris Adigun wrote in a recent article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
The LED lamps used to speed up the drying process with regular nail polish don’t pose a risk because they don’t emit ultraviolet radiation, Fox News reports.
“As is the case with most things, moderation is the key when it comes to gel manicures,” Dr. Adigun said, who also advocates wearing hand sunscreen for women who get frequent gel manicures. “If you get them regularly, you need to be aware of the possible consequences.”
Two middle-aged women who did not have a history of skin cancer developed tumors on their hands following exposure to UV nail lights, according to research published in JAMA Dermatology in 2009, Fox News reports.
UV lamps meant for manicures are not yet regulated.