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Study Reaffirms UV Lamp Safety

Posted on April 28, 2014

Supporting findings made in earlier studies,the latest independent, peer-reviewed study demonstrates that UV lamps commonly used for hardening gel-polish are safe and do not increase the risk of developing skin cancer.

Published in the Spring 2013 issue of Photochemistry and Photobiology, the article, “Photobiological Safety Evaluation of UV Nail Lamps,” co-authored by Drs. John C. Dowdy and Robert Sayre, co-inventor of the SPF rating system for sunscreens, set out to determine if traditional fluorescent and LED-type nail lamps produce excess amounts of UV and increase the risk of skin cancer.

The researchers reached several important conclusions about skin safety. Dowdy and Sayre found that UV nail lamps exceeded safety expectations.  These lamps were found to be significantly less hazardous than expected.  UV exposure is so low that a person could put her hands under the nail lamp for 25 minutes a day without exceeding the internationally accepted safe limit.

In conclusion, the risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer was 11 to 46 times lower than the risk of being exposed to noonday natural sunlight.   If concerns still arise fingerless or sunscreen may be worn for protection.