Concerns Surrounding Gel Nail Polish

UV Exposure Risks

– Regardless of the lamp used, curing gel manicures exposes your skin to ultraviolet A (UVA) rays.
– UVA rays, responsible for skin aging and DNA damage, elevate the risk of skin cancer during the curing process.
– Even though LED lamps are often considered safer, they still emit UV radiation, contributing to cumulative UV-induced skin damage.

Hand Health Awareness

– Dr. Ranasinghe emphasizes minimizing UV exposure for healthier hands, considering the cumulative bursts during gel manicure curing.
– Routine activities, like driving, already expose hands to UV; additional exposure during the curing process increases the risk of UV-induced damage.

Chemical Challenges

– Gel nail polish contains acrylate and methacrylate, known to trigger allergic reactions, such as contact dermatitis or, less frequently, hives. – Careless removal of gel polish can cause temporary nail damage, leading to issues like cracking, peeling, white spots, grooves, or overall nail plate weakening.

Nail Health Impact

– Gel polish can leave nails dry and brittle, especially if not allowing sufficient recovery time between manicures. – Dr. Ranasinghe notes that issues arising from gel polish may take months to resolve as damaged nails grow out.

Exploring Alternatives

– Considering alternatives to gel manicures is a positive step. – Various options exist, each with its pros and cons, providing flexibility to choose based on personal preferences and priorities.

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