Are Gel Manicures Dangerous?

The newest nail trend, gel manicures, may last much longer than a regular manicure, but now experts are saying that these long-lasting manicures could also cause long-lasting damage to the nails and even increase the risk of skin cancer.

According to, a gel manicure uses three coats of a special type of polish and each coat is set using UV light, which experts say could have dangerous side effects.

Dr. Alan Parks of Eastside Dermatology says, “Any time you expose yourself to repeated ultraviolet light, you are increasing your risk of skin cancer. Skin cancer can also be more dangerous and difficult to remove from the finger or nail area.”

Even though these manicures last longer than a regular manicure, the side effects could be much more dangerous and can also do damage to the nails.

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