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Is my Manicure Cancer-free? Let's talk about UV/LED Lamps.

There has been some concern all over the world that using LED manicure lamps for Gel Services can lead to an increased risk of cancer. However, multiple studies have been conducted that have shown that these lamps do not pose a significant risk to human health.

Since the beginning of my career, my main priority has been to keep the natural nails healthy. Clearly safety plays a big role to it. I have gotten rid of the old school UV lamps 12 years ago and switched to LED because I knew that UV ray emissions were much lower and safe. As the articles talking about nail lamps have resurfaced, I started reading and researching about the topic to ensure I am not only up to date but also that my services continue to be safe for my clients. Here is a summary of what I found. I hope you find it interesting and clear out the questions about the subject.

In a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, researchers measured the UV radiation emitted by both UV and LED nail lamps commonly used in salons. They found that LED lamps emitted significantly less UV radiation than UV lamps, and that the amount of UV radiation emitted by LED lamps was well below the level that is known to cause DNA damage in human skin cells. Their study of three UV nail lamps reveals that such exposure is a tiny fraction of a single NBUVB course, and hence does not produce a clinically significant increased risk of developing skin cancer.

A review conducted by the Photodermatology, Photoinmmunology & Photomedicine Society on Potential cutaneous carcinogenic risk of exposure to UV nail lamp concluded that based on currently available data, the carcinogenic risk is low; nonetheless, the use of a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF >30, or protective gloves before UV nail lamp exposure is recommended.

Therefore, clients can be assured that using LED manicure lamps for Gel Services is safe and does not pose a significant risk of cancer. It is important to note, however, that it is still important to take precautions when it comes to UV exposure, such as wearing sunscreen and protective clothing when spending extended periods of time in the sun.

Here are some links to the studies and sources mentioned above:


Journal of Investigative Dermatology: "Risk of Skin Cancer Associated with the Use of UV Nail Lamp"

Photodermatology, Photoinmmunology & Photomedicine Society : "Potential cutaneous carcinogenic risk of exposure to UV nail lamp"

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