UV Exposure, Skin Cancer Risk Varies in Nail Dryers

the MPR take:

Nail salon dryers can harden polishes and gels in a hurry, but are they emitting dangerous levels of UVA light? A research letter in JAMA Dermatology found a wide range in UVA light doses emitted during use of nail dryers, varying from “barely” to “significant" amounts measured in joules per centimeter squared. The researchers concluded that it would take about 8–14 visits over the course of 24–42 months for any possible DNA damage to occur to the skin. Even with multiple exposures, the cancer risk is still low.

UV Exposure, Skin Cancer Risk Varies in Nail Dryers
UV Exposure, Skin Cancer Risk Varies in Nail Dryers

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 ...

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