Sunday, August 21, 2011

Think Twice About Gel Manicures and Pedicures

Who doesn't desire gel manicures and pedicures? It makes your nails shiny and chip-free longer. Yet, it can  be risky and hazardous. 

At the American Academy of Dermatology’ Summer Academy Meeting, there was discussion about the ways gel is applied and removed. "They require regular exposure to ultra violet light, and there have been a couple of articles which suggested that damage of the nails has occurred," says Richard K. Scher, a dermatologist at Columbia University in NYC.

Other dermatologists are treading carefully with this trend, too: "I heard about gel manicures and thought what a great idea—until I got one and realized how much exposure to UV light the skin surrounding the nail is actually getting," says Heidi Waldorf, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC. "That could increase your risk for squamous-cell carcinoma (aka cancer) in the area." 

And along with UV exposure, Scher points out that acetone can be a culprit, too: To remove gel polish, women dip their nails—or entire fingers—into acetone. If you're getting a manicure every two to three weeks, he says, this can dry out the nail and even cause inflammation to surrounding skin.
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♥ Khou

Photos:;;; Info: allure


maymay said...

Your picture of the nails are super cute, but once i read your article there was nothing cute about it. I never knew that doing a gel manicure/pedicure you would have to use uv light to remove it. I was thinking about using some myself, but it's hard to resist since you have such cute picture ^^ thanks for sharing about the info though...

Pink Blossom Cosmetics said...

Maymay- Thanks.