Gel polish for manicures and pedicures has become so popular! The polish lasts a long time and doesn’t chip. Dr. Prasanthi Kandula herself loves a gel manicure before a vacation or a conference. But a recently published study has made her question this treatment – is gel polish really safe? Should we limit the number of gel manicures and pedicures we get?
UV lamps are essential for hardening the gel polish. These lamps emit UVA light just like tanning beds and natural sunlight. A recently published study from the University of California San Diego showed that human and mouse cells exposed to a popular nail lamp caused DNA damage and mutations. This type of DNA damage can lead to skin cancer. The study does not prove that UV lamps can cause cancer, because cells in a lab are more vulnerable to damage compared to a live human’s hand, but it’s important to be cautious. Continued and unprotected exposure to UVA light can increase the risk of skin cancer and lead to long term skin damage and wrinkles. So, what should you do if, like Dr. Kandula, you’re guilty of loving your gel manicures and pedicures? Here are her recommendations.
If you choose dip powder polish as another option for a long lasting manicure, do the following:
Follow these recommendations and enjoy a gel manicure occasionally! But if your nails have changed or do not look healthy after a manicure or a pedicure, please schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists at SkinCare Physicians near Boston.