Wait – can my gel nails give me skin cancer?

Saturday, 20 June 2015

I’ve read a couple of articles that said it’s dangerous to have gel nail polishes applied, because the LED light used to cure them can cause skin cancer on your hands. Is there any truth to this?


Health expert at Skin & Body Renewal, Dr Graham Duncome, responds:

“You need to remember that the UV spectrum falls in the 100 – 400nm range… The shorter the wavelength, the more “aggressive” it is on your skin. The UV lamps used for curing nails sits to the very highest side of the UV spectrum, and generally these are LED’s, so you cannot be burnt with these. Furthermore, the amount of time spent under a curing LED lamp is very limited. So getting skin cancer from having your nails done is really not at all likely.”

Ask Dr Duncombe your health questions here.

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    I don’t wear nail polish at all, but i’m glad it’s not harmful.

    4 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    This is good news. I was also concerned about the UV light on the skin area.

    4 years ago •

  1. Sashnee Rambaly

    I was abit apprehensive about getting gel nails but I’m a bit relieved now.

    4 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I’ve also heard about cancer and decided to avoid gel nails cured with an LED light. Since its safe, I’ll now feel free to try them.

    4 years ago •

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