We all know that cigarettes cause cancer, but what about gel nails? Gel nails have been getting increasingly popular as of lately. We all like when our new polish design lasts longer and looks great. Gel nails tend to chip less as well.
This trend is popular, but it is a longer process because of the time you have to spend drying them or curing them under a lamp. Removing them is also a tedious process. You must soak them in acetone for a bit in order to get the gel off your nails. This will leave your nails brittle and dry. Not very healthy for your nails at all.
Are gel nails a good idea or are we just asking for melanoma?
Acral lentiginous melanoma is what this specific cancer is called. I don’t know how you feel, but I don’t want any kind of cancer.
Doctors are not sure if UV lamps that are used to cure gel nails are cancer causing. Some say that the UV rays from a gel curing lamp is not strong enough to cause cancer, but it is not recommended for those that are sensitive to UV light or have a strong history of cancer in their family.
A UV lamp used to cure gel nails is not as strong as a tanning bed lamp. You would have to change your gel nails about 3 to 4 times a week to have any risk, so chances are you are safe.
What to Look for:
You are going to want to inspect your nails on a regular basis if you love gel nails and get them frequently.
A streak or black line running down your nail. Have it checked by a dermatologist, especially if you have any swelling around that nail.
If you really like gel nails and don’t want to give them up just to be a little more on the safe side, I suggest you follow some simple rules.
- Wear sunscreen on your hands. Even if the only time you apply it is before you get your nails done.
- Wear gloves with the finger tips removed. You can ask your nail tech if they have any for you to use.
- Ask your nail tech to use an LED lamp instead of a UV lamp.
Is the UV lamp you use to get your gel nails to blame for causing cancer? The answer is unclear. One thing is for sure though, you can protect yourself.
Maybe if you have history of cancer in your family, just stay away from gel nails or use an LED lamp instead.
Signs you have healthy nails are as follows:
- Cuticles are existent (so don’t cut them!)
- Nail plates are a pinkish-white color
- Prominent half-moon shaped white section (called the lunula) at nail base
- Nails and white tips are kept clean and smooth
I hope this keeps you aware and healthy. Here is to beautiful nails.
Blessed Be. Kari