If you get regular manicures, you should be aware that new research shows that the ultraviolet (UV) lamps used in some nail salons to dry and cure nail polish may pose a skin cancer risk. These UV lamps deliver the same UV rays that make tanning beds so dangerous. While previous research has proposed that the lamps in nail salons may prove hazardous, no one actually measured the UV exposure until this most recent study. After testing 17 different lamps in nail salons, it found that it would take between 8 and 208 visits to damage the skin in a way that raises skin cancer risk, depending on the machine. Is that a risk you want to take?

It is always important to understand the health risks of your actions. Manicures with gel polish may have more lasting effects than you want. In addition to extra ultraviolet exposure on your skin, your nails can become thin and cracked due to the inability of oxygen to penetrate the layers of gel. If you are concerned about this topic or any other issue related to hair, skin, or nails, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule an appointment Our dermatologists have up-to-date information so that we can work together to keep you healthy. New patients are welcome at our office located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

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

P.S. The American Cancer Society reports that exposure to ultraviolet radiation is a risk factor for most types of skin cancer.