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Thu, 2014-05-08

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Nail Salon Lamps May Increase Skin Cancer Risk




 APRIL 30, 2014, 4:00 PM


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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 through a chemical gel that is painted on the nail in layers and cured under UV light after every coating.


Case reports of two women who developed squamous cell skin cancers on their hands have suggested an association between cancer and the UV nail light devices, but most doctors agree the risk is low.


In the new study, researchers from Georgia Regents University in Augusta conducted a random sampling of 17 different UV nail lamps found in salons to determine how much ultraviolet radiation is being emitted when clients dry their nails under the lights.


The study, published as a research letter this week in the journal JAMA Dermatology, found wide variation in the dose of UVA light emitted during eight minutes of nail drying or hardening. The dose, measured in joules per centimeter squared, ranged from less than one to eight.


“There is a vast range in the amount of light coming out of these devices,” said Dr. Lyndsay R. Shipp, the study’s lead author and a postgraduate resident at the university’s Medical College of Georgia. The amount of UV exposure ranged from “barely” to “significant,” she said.


DNA damage that can lead to skin cancer is known to occur around 60 joules per centimeter squared, and none of the nail lamps came close to that number. However, the researchers estimated that for most of the lamps tested, eight to 14 visits over 24 to 42 months would reach the threshold for DNA damage to the skin.


The study authors noted that the “risk from multiple manicure visits remains untested,” but the study suggested that “even with numerous exposures, the risk for carcinogenesis remains small.”


Dr. Shipp said, “There is a theoretical risk, but it’s very low.”


Lamps with higher-wattage bulbs emitted the highest levels of UV radiation, but it would not be easy for a salon client to check the wattage before using a machine. Dr. Shipp said she sometimes uses the nail lamps and will continue to do so.


“I do use them every couple of months,’’ she said, noting that “you can get that amount of exposure when driving down the road in your car.”


Clients who are concerned about the risk but want to continue getting gel manicures, which require UV light, have a few options. They can skip the lotion-and-massage portion of the manicure and instead coat their hands with sunscreen before having gel nails applied. Another option is to wear UV-protective gloves with the fingertips cut off so only the nails are exposed to the light. Users of regular nail polish can try fans or air-drying if they want to avoid the devices.


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Nail Salon UV Lamps Red-Flagged by Scientists

UV Lamps Pose Skin Cancer Risk

Added by Jill Adriance on May 4, 2014.
Saved under Aging, cancer, Health, Jill Adriance, Liver cancer, Science


Nail salon UV lamps have been red-flagged by scientists due to growing concerns regarding UV rays causing possible cancer. Gel manicure’s are “set” by nail salon lamps. They are also used to dry acrylic nails as well as nail polish. The concern has to do with the emission of Ultra Violet rays. These rays can cause premature aging of the skin and in some cases skin cancer.

Dr. Melissa Pillang, a Dermatologist with the Cleveland Clinic says, there is concern for worry if  hand’s are being exposed for 10 minutes one time per week. But if going to the salon is a one to two-times-per-year event, then no worries.

Testing was done by Researchers at Georgia Regents University and found that there were a variety of bulbs emitting differences in wattage output. Multiple visits to the salon per year creates a much higher risk for skin damage and potential cancer. Researchers recommend sun screen as a protective measure against the UV rays. Putting it on before going into the salon would be of no benefit, as it would be washed off during the manicure; however, sun screen could be applied after the manicure just before nails are to be polished.

The concern is growing regarding photo aging promoted by the UV nail lights. These nail lights do pose a risk factor for skin cancer development. The key to prevention of such cancer via UV light is education. This is the same light used in tanning beds.

Other nail salon concerns are irritants to contact dermatitis, such as nail solvents, formaldehyde, toluene, and acetone polish remover. Nail cosmetics are also known to cause cancer. Toluene in nail polish has been linked to liver cancer. Toluene in nail polish has been linked to kidney and liver damage. Acetates are neurotoxins and coloring agents are assuredly linked to various forms of cancer.

According to Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Lyndsay R. Shipp feels that due to misinformation, nail salon lamps could achieve a public enemy status in the near future. There are other factors that are of greater concern to Dr. Shipp. Those real concerns point toward fair skin because of less pigment, and the susceptibility to freckles. Another red flag is childhood blistering which does create a significant risk factor. Over exposure to sun, tanning beds, and nail salon UV lamps definitely increases risk. Reality speaks that a skin tan is an injury to too much sun exposure, or UV radiation. A sunny climate increases risk as do higher elevations. Moles need to be watched carefully. Weakened immune systems are at greater risk. Family history should not be taken lightly. Radiation exposure does increase your cancer risk. Substance exposure, such as arsenic, also increases risk.

UV rays can break down DNA strands, causing premature aging. Dr. Alina Markow did point out that just because DNA strands break down does not necessarily mean that the end result will be cancerous. Many variables come into play.

Although nail salon UV lamps deeply concern scientists with all of the red-flags that are currently known, general consensus would be to limit usage. Education about exposure to the different elements that could cause premature photo aging and potential cancers will continue to drive scientists into deeper research.

By Jill Boyer-Adriance

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