UV Lamps for Nail Gels – Facts, Science, and Common Sense

For over 20 years, millions of people have regularly and safely used UV gel nail products. Along with this long history of safe use, all scientific evidence demonstrates that UV nail lamps are safe when used according to well-established safe practices. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), UV nail lamps are safe in nail salons.

Researchers also found that the risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer was lower than the risks associated with being exposed to noonday natural sunlight – and that one would need 250 years of weekly nail sessions to equal the theoretical (and low) risk of a single UV light treatment for certain skin conditions such as psoriasis.

Studies do mention precautions for safe UV nail lamp use, including by those who may be taking medication that requires them to avoid natural sunlight or for those who may have a condition that makes them extra sensitive to UV radiation.

As with all nail care products, the state of the nail plate should always be checked prior to the application (or removal) of UV gels. For individuals that may have a concern about UV safety, an opaque glove with the fingertips cut off or cloth over the hand may be used when the nails are being dried.

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