Can Nail Salons Cause…Cancer?

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Nail drying lampWhat’s not to love about a fresh, long-lasting gel/no-chip manicure or pedicure, right?

You may need to rethink this – important new research says getting too many of them may hurt your health.

According to a new study, constant use of nail drying lamps that emit ultraviolet-A (UV-A) rays exposes your skin to a “spectrum of light long linked to skin cancers.”

“Considering the low UV-A energy exposure in an average manicure visit, multiple visits would be required to reach the threshold for potential DNA damage” that might spur cancer, wrote a team reporting their findings April 30 in JAMA Dermatology.

In the study, researchers led by Dr. Lyndsay Shipp of the department of dermatology at Georgia Regents University, used high-tech meters to measure the UV-A light exposures upon hands held in various positions under 17 different types of drying lamps. The researchers conducted the study at 16 nail salons.

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