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It’s no secret that nail polish and certain types of manicures have always been seen as a little sketchy to our health. If you were out of the loop, read this.
But a new study from the Skin Cancer Foundation basically solidifies our fears. The organization found that UV lights used for drying polish gives a slight risk of cancer. Their statement is below:
Research has shown that ultraviolet (UV) radiation-emitting devices are carcinogenic to humans. Although studies have shown that the skin cancer risk associated with UVR-emitting nail lamps for gel manicures is very low, it is not insignificant. The risk, according to anecdotal research, is greatest for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common skin cancer. An estimated 700,000 cases of SCC are diagnosed each year in the US, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths. SCC is mainly caused by chronic UV exposure and is very common on the hands and around the fingernails.
There’s no need to freak out. For those of you who live in the nail shop, they suggest putting SPF on your hands before going under the light. And for those of you who do your manis at home, peep a few of our favorite organic nail polishes.
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