“Our experimental results and the prior evidence strongly suggest that radiation emitted by UV-nail polish dryers may cause cancers of the hand and that UV-nail polish dryers, similar to tanning beds, may increase the risk of early-onset skin cancer,” the researchers wrote.
The researchers also note that extensive epidemiological studies are needed to precisely quantify the risk for skin cancer for those who regularly get gel manicures.
Still, they said the studies would take a least a decade to be completed before more information is released to the public.
According to a Nails Magazine article, gel manicures were first introduced to the market in the 1980s with little success as manufacturers of gel lights and gel polish didn’t work together, and nail techs were unaware of how to use the product.
Towards the end of the 1990s, gel nails made its way back to the US nail market with formulas that were created to work with a precise light wavelength and intensity.
In the NAILS 2017-2018 Big Book, 86 per cent of salons were offering gel polish and 55 per cent provided gel extension services to clients.
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