UV Nail Dryers Update [DermTV.com Epi #489]

UV Nail Dryers Update [DermTV.com Epi #489]

UV lights used in nail treatments and the possible development of skin cancer
on fingers were discussed in a previous DermTV episode. Important new information on the alleged risks
of these UV exposures warrants this eye-opening update. Hello I’m Dr. Neal Schultz [pause] And welcome to DermTV. Unprotected exposure to any UV light is bad
for your skin. Period. In the first DermTV episode on UV nail treatments, I quoted a report from a reputable dermatology
journal from 2009 in which two women who regularly received
UV nail treatments developed squamous cell cancer on their fingers. This raised concern in the dermatologic community as well as for the public about the safety
of these treatments and their risk of causing skin cancer. Spokespersons for the nail industry have been
adamant in insisting that there is no danger and they correctly state that two cases of
skin cancer in these UV nail dryer users do not prove that UV nail dryers caused their
skin cancers. While the type of UV light emitted by these
nail dryers is the same type used in many tanning salons and has the wavelength which is known to cause
premature photo-aging of the skin and skin cancer, the issue comes
down to dose: Do you really get a strong enough dose during
the 5-10 minute treatment to be able to cause – or even just contribute
to – skin cancer? The original report from 2009 implied that
you do. In December 2012, a Letter to the Editor in the Journal of Investigative
Dermatology, one of the most prestigious research dermatology
journals, addressed this issue. The authors did extensive testing with three
common UV nail lamp devices in which they were able to determine, with
relative confidence, the actual dose of UV light that the fingers
are exposed to during these treatments. They then compared that dose to other medical
treatments done for Psoriasis which are thought to be safe and use similar
UV light. The authors concluded that the dose of UV
light even from regular use of these UV nail lamps is probably not sufficient to cause skin cancer. This report should be reassuring to most people that UV nail lamps may not represent an imminent
threat to causing skin cancer. However, while the nail industry insists that
these treatments are safe, and the information in the letter I just mentioned
I believe is accurate and reliable, the instructions with the UV nail lamps explicitly
state… “The UV radiation from sunshine or UV facilities”
– meaning this lamp – “may cause injury
to skin. Repeated overexposure to UV radiation may
cause skin aging and increase the incidence of skin cancer.” So, I’m going to again take the position
that no unprotected UV skin exposure is harmless
and chemfree sunscreen, carefully applied to the skin immediately
before putting your hand in the dryer, can protect it from the harmful UV without
ruining the manicure or compromising
the drying.


  • Elihams f f says:

    doctor is the cool lazer for the hair lost treatmen is safe plz talk about it

  • Yin says:

    Use your facial sunscreen on your lips being careful not go get it in your mouth ๐Ÿ™‚ opt for a physical sunscreen instead of chemical just to be safe! And I think for the scalp, the best way is to wear a hat or style your hair where no part can be seen! Or if you really have to, you can apply some translucent SPF makeup powder (Peter Thomas Roth makes a great one) on your scalp? ๐Ÿ™‚ I would also say spray on sunscreens but they get really greasy so it depends on the brand ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Yin says:

    Oh and Sebamed SPF 30 lip balm is a great clear and moisturizing lip balm! Reapply every time you eat/drink/etc. and every 2 hours! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Bee says:

    they need to invent nail-less gloves that will protect the skin around the nails while getting their nails done.

  • noworriesmile says:

    Please do a video on African Black Soap, many gurus have recommend it but does it really help to treat acne and why?

  • Shelley9090 says:

    Such helpful information. Thank you.

  • betty4gators says:

    thank you for this very important information! i will be applying a sunscreen before putting my hands in the dryer at my local salon.

  • cupcaaakeLOVE says:

    Thank you so much for this video (and all your other videos)! I do my own at home gel manicures with the UV dryers and try to take precaution. I wear a glove where I cut off the fingertips so just my nail is exposed, and then continue with the gel manicure. This way you are protecting your skin and it saves the hassle of applying sunscreen every time you do the manicure. Wanted to share this in case anyone else was interested!

  • Ella C says:

    Thank you so much for making this video

  • Cat says:

    At my Japanese nail salon, not Vietnamese, they use LED instead. It's not harmful. Other salons need to switch over. You also only leave your hand under the light for 15 seconds, not 1 minute for UV lights.

  • ashleyr24 says:

    Thank you so much!! This was incredibly helpful!

  • Lydia Bryda says:

    Can you do a video on hair and products you use on it and how that might effect acne on your back and shoulders?

  • Deanna says:

    I would have to agree that these UV nail dryers are hazardous. Nail technicians would of course defend them because they're not going to risk losing money. I have also heard that you must apply sunscreen 15 minutes prior to sun (or in this case, UV) exposure to give the product time to absorb. But the nail technician does tell you to wash your hands at some point during the manicure. Getting the timing right as far as sunscreen application could be tricky.

  • Avalon+ says:

    Another solution is to use sunblock instead of sunscreen, as sunblock works immediately to protect the skin upon application. Dr Schultz did discuss about that point in Epi #281 watch?v=ZlQnGOloHgc

  • Deanna says:

    Wow, that's the first time I've heard about that particular difference between sunblock and sunscreen. Very fascinating. And I have vitiligo so it's particularly useful for me. Thanks for sharing!

  • TheThekonstancja1 says:

    A helpfull video !

  • journeyLynn says:

    Can your skin get UV damage from a computer screen?

  • Hey There says:

    Sunscreen on my hand it is !

  • tami shapiro says:

    Ive always hated gels…… acrylic nails have been around for nearly 60 yrs.. and ive never ever had a problem since ive been doing nails for nearly 30 years….. i conclude that acrylic nails with exhaust fans are really the way to go….hey! im livin… proof…..!

  • tami shapiro says:

    uh.. i heard they do emit.. a bit of uv rays… uh… how do u think they cure???

  • Shazvana says:

    I am a nail tech and I agree, ANY exposure to UV is not good but as the directions say on the lamps…."over exposure", it has been proven by Doug Schoon that if clients are only exposed to the very small amount of time per service every couple to few weeks, this is no where near the exposure the client gets just driving in her car to salon. I think it is disgraceful how scare mongering has been put into the nail industry.

  • SuperModerngranny says:

    What about UVB treatment for psoriasis? There's no explanation on the different type of UV or length of exposure (considered as 'over exposure') here, or the appropriate length of time for safe use (in skin treatment).

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