Nail Salon Lamps May Increase Skin Cancer Risk

April 30, 2014 8:06 PM

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Nail Salon Lamps May Increase Skin Cancer Risk

Nail salon dryers, which use ultraviolet light to speed the drying and hardening of nail polishes and gels, emit varying levels of radiation that can lead to risky skin damage in as few as eight visits to the manicurist, a new study shows.

The nail dryers emit primarily UVA light — the same kind of ultraviolet light used in tanning beds — and are used to dry nail polish or to harden a gel manicure. Gel manicures are popular because they create long-lasting, shiny nails created by a chemical gel that is painted on the nail in layers an...

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