Anyone visiting a nail salon for a manicure or pedicure  may be exposed to one of two types of nail-drying machines. Aside from the air-drying type, there are UV-drying machines that utilize ultraviolet rays to dry nails. The concern with this type of nail dryer is that it emits UVA rays, which penetrate skin most deeply and have been associated with skin cancer. The level of UVA rays emitted is equivalent to that of a tanning bed, which should raise a red flag among those exposed to this radiation. Not only does UV exposure of this type increase the cancer risk of skin surrounding the nails, it also increases the risk of skin cancer beneath the nails.

Many women have routine manicures that include time under a dryer that emits UV rays.  Cumulative exposure to these rays can cause skin cancer.  Avoid this exposure by using other methods to dry your nails.  If you notice unusual spots or lesions on your skin, please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule a consultation.  We specialize in diagnosing and treating skin cancer.  Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst.  We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist 

P.S. Exposure to UV rays from nail-drying machines is associated with wrinkling and other unattractive symptoms of photo-aging.