Do Nail Lamps Cause Skin Cancer?

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It’s routine to rest your freshly painted fingers and toes under an ultraviolet (UV) lamp after manicures and pedicures. But could this standard procedure be causing harm to your skin?

Rest assured, research published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology concluded that 10-minute exposure under UV nail lamps cause no harm and do not contribute to a type of skin cancer called keratinocyte carcinoma. Under the assumption that 10 minutes is the average UV nail lamp session, the researchers calculated that it would take 250 years of weekly UV sessions to cause any kind of harm to the skin.

In honor of the good news, we say go get your nails done! Just let us know what color you’re sporting this season.

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