There are a lot of questions regarding if gel nails cause cancer, and the answer is no; studies still haven’t found enough proof to back up their claims.
The risks of getting cancer from gel nails increase with how often you get them done (the more often your receive sun exposure, the higher your risk of developing cancer), as well as the age at which you first began receiving treatments (the younger you are when you begin, the higher your risk of developing cancer).
The most common types of cancer associated with UV nail lamps and gel nails include skin cancer and eye cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.
Although there has been researching that suggests a link between the use of gel nails and cancer, according to most scientific research, there is no conclusive result linking receiving UV exposure from nail lamps with developing skin cancer.
Something that does seem to be true is that just one UV gel manicure exposes you to approximately the same amount of UV rays as getting a base tan before going out into the sun.
What are the dangers of gel nails?
Gel nails can be dangerous mostly because of the long term exposure to UV rays required for gel nails.
Skin cancer can be caused by an accumulation of years of sun damage; therefore, it may take years before you notice any problems.
Gel nails can cause skin irritation for some people, especially if they are allergic to certain ingredients in the gels.
Gel nails can also damage your natural nails and cause infections and other problems.
Toe fungus is a typical problem that occurs with pedicures, but a professional should warn you about these possible problems.
Some dermatologists and physicians recommend giving your nails a break from the gel nail polish now and then to avoid any complications with your natural nails.
Should I give my nails a break from gel?
It is recommended that you do not get gel nails very frequently, and if you do, it is recommended that you wear sunscreen on your hands whenever you are exposed to the sun.
If you have been wearing gel nails for months or years, you should take time off to let your nails breathe.
A minimum of one week should be enough to let your nails recover a bit. While you are recovering your nails, don’t forget to moisturize your cuticles and apply olive oil.
Can you get cancer from UV nail lamps?
There isn’t any proof that receiving an occasional UV gel manicure can cause cancer or other skin problems.
It is important to note that there haven’t been any studies on whether one specific UV nail lamp can cause cancer.
UV lamps are made out of multiple UV lights that each have different wavelengths.
Nail salons or individuals should replace UV lamps every 6 months because radiation decreases ove time.
Anything that emits ultraviolet light can cause skin damage, including tanning beds and sunlight. Therefore, you should avoid exposure to these lights as much as possible.
This means that you should stop receiving gel manicures if you are experiencing skin changes.
If your skin starts to look more red, darker or itchy, this might indicate a problem.
Your health should always be more important than your looks, so take care of yourself.
What UV light do nail salons use?
Salon’s that offer UV gel manicures typically use a UV light between 2-4 watts, which is the same amount of power an average household light bulb has.
Most reputable nail salons use an LED lamp with UVA and UVB bulbs. Many of the cheaper lamps use just one type of bulb, but typically these lamps are not very effective.
If you are concerned about being exposed to too much UV light, talk to your salon about which lamps they use and how often.
If you are still concerned about the light quality, consider bringing your own lamp to the salon or deciding against getting a UV gel manicure altogether.
Regular nail polish is a safer and healthier option for you, so don’t rule that out immediately.
Conclusion- Do gel nails cause cancer?
There is no evidence that gel nails cause cancer. No studies have been done, and to date, there are no documented cases of people developing cancer from a UV nail lamp or gel manicure.
The most dangerous part about getting a gel manicure is the chemicals used in the salon, but make sure you know which products to ask your nail technician to avoid.
You also want to make sure the salon uses the correct UV light for gel nails and not your standard UV nail lamp that can cause skin damage over time if used too often.
If you are in love with fake nails, try giving your natural nails a break from time to time.
Your natural nails need at least a week to recover and don’t forget to take good care of them in that period.
It is best to be cautious when considering your options for nail treatments. For example, if you decide to get gel nails, make sure it is a lotion-based product and that the salon has UV lamps with an automatic timer set for 15 minutes or less per session.
This will help minimize the risk of getting cancer from gel nails while also ensuring they last long enough.
We hope this information was helpful in making decisions about whether or not to go ahead with gel polish treatment at all!