Posted by Dawn Davis 03/08/13 at 10:29AM
Since the gel manicure boom, there's been a lot of talk about whether or not the UVR-emitting nail lamps used to cure gel polish are safe — or whether they could potentially cause skin cancer. Earlier today, the Skin Cancer Foundation released a statement explaining their stance on the issue — and it's not looking good for the lamps.
"Although studies have shown that the skin cancer risk associated with UVR-emitting nail lamps for gel manicures is very low, it is not insignificant. The risk, according to anecdotal research, is greatest for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common skin cancer," the statement said. It went on to explain that this type of cancer is commonly found — guess where -- on the hands. Ugh.
If you're still going to use the lamps, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends wearing SPF 15 or higher. Maybe your manicurist can work it into the service.