Gel manicures and ultraviolet A light: A call for patient education
- Author(s): Wang, Jordan V;
- Korta, Dorota Z;
- Zachary, Christopher B
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5070/D3243038625
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.