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Gel manicures and ultraviolet A light: A call for patient education

  • Author(s): Wang, Jordan V
  • Korta, Dorota Z
  • Zachary, Christopher B
  • et al.
Creative Commons 'BY-NC-ND' version 4.0 license

Gel manicures have become a popular beauty trend in recent years. The specially formulated nail polish must undergo curing under light-based units. The majority of these curing lamps emit high-intensity ultraviolet A, which can cause skin damage and increase the risk for skin cancers. Incorporating relevant information in patient education endeavors can help them practice avoidance, apply broad-spectrum sunscreen prior, or use nitrile exam gloves in order to prevent photoaging and skin cancer resulting from these procedures.

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