- To minimize the risk of developing health conditions, including cancer, it is advisable to avoid gel manicures and opt for more natural alternatives.
UV dryers have become a standard tool in nail salons, providing a quick and efficient way to dry nail polish. However, recent studies have raised concerns about the potential health risks associated with these devices.
Research has shown that UV dryers used to dry nail polish can lead to cancerous cell mutations, as the UV light emitted by these devices can kill cells and cause mutations commonly observed in skin cancer.
This article delves into the findings of a study published in Nature Communications, which sheds light on the harmful effects of UV nail polish dryers and highlights the need for further investigation.
The study, conducted by researchers and published in Nature Communications, examined cells exposed to UV light in two different conditions: acute exposure and chronic exposure.
1. Acute Exposure
Cells subjected to acute exposure experienced two 20-minute sessions under the UV dryers, with an hour-long break in between. The researchers found that a single 20-minute session resulted in a significant 20 to 30% cell death.
2. Chronic Exposure
Cells exposed chronically underwent one 20-minute session under the UV dryers for three consecutive days. Shockingly, the study revealed that three successive 20-minute sessions led to a substantial 65 to 70% cell death.
In addition to cell death, the remaining cells exposed to UV light exhibited mutations typically associated with skin cancer.
The Lack of Research and Misleading Marketing
Despite the widespread use of UV nail polish dryers and their potential risks, their harmful effects still need to be improved. The devices are often marketed as safe without highlighting any concerns to the consumers.
However, until now, people have yet to thoroughly study how these devices affect human cells at the molecular and cellular levels.
The Link to Rare Cancers
The study authors also noted that many cases of rarer cancers developing in fingers were reported in individuals who frequently undergo gel manicures using UV nail polish dryers.
These individuals include pageant contestants and estheticians, who are often more exposed to the devices than the average person.
Promoting Health and Safety
To minimize the risk of developing health conditions, including cancer, it is advisable to avoid gel manicures and opt for more natural alternatives.
While further research is needed to fully understand the extent of the risks associated with UV nail polish dryers, it is essential to prioritize our health and well-being.