While sitting at the Dr’s office I picked up a copy of some Health Magazine and came across an article that grabbed my attention. Could those UV lights at nail Saloons really be bad and lead to skin cancer? After some research I found this info that I wanted to share with our readers.
Dermatologist Dr. Ordon, (from the TV show “The Docotors”) explained the DNA of skin cells mutate when exposed to ultraviolet light and this increases the risk of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer.
He then tested the amount of UV light produced by a standard UV nail dryer using a Sper Scientific UV-A/B Light Meter. As co-host Dr. Jim Sears explained to viewers that a meter reading of over 100 was bad, Dr. Ordon turned the monitor so all could see a reading that climbed to 8,617 before giving a final result of high UV exposure.
Dr. Ordon referenced research from the University of Texas that found squamous cell carcinoma on the hands of two women who had no predisposing factors for skin cancer, except for repeated the use of UV light nail dryers during manicures. The research, which was published in the medical journal Archives of Dermatology, states the amount of UV radiation exposure per meter produced by UV nail dryer lights (once one adjusts for body surface and bulb wattage) is comparable to that of tanning beds.
When asked for his final recommendation by co-host Dr. Travis Stork, Dr. Ordon suggested women opt for regular fan dryers during their manicures and pedicures. In his opinion, using the UV nail dryer is not worth the skin cancer risk.
So ladies, if your finding yourself heading the nail saloon often, maybe opt for the air dryers……