For my birthday, I went to a local nail salon and had a pedicure, and decided to get a ‘gel manicure.’ These manicures are more expensive but last probably 2x as long as a regular polish manicure. They use a special type of nail polish and UV lights to ‘seal’ the polish to your nails. First of all, I regret doing this because once you do it, you have to keep getting the gel manicures or your nails look terrible. I finally removed the gel myself recently and my nails are so sad looking. I’ve decided to go polish-free for awhile to let them heal.
But, is there a hidden danger to gel manicures? I noticed something a couple of weeks ago that wasn’t there before.
Sorry for the poor quality, but I have a new mole on the back of my hand. Is this mole the result of the UV light my hands have been exposed to from the gel manicures I’ve had? I don’t know, but I do know that it’s new. I’m not the first one to raise this question, however! There was a Washington Post article recently that discussed a small sample (2 women) who had no family history of skin cancer developing non-melanoma skin cancer on their hands after repeated gel manicures. Naturally, 2 women don’t mean there’s a correlation, but as someone who’s had pre-cancerous moles removed, this new mole is disconcerting, to say the least.
No more gel for me! What about you – have you had a gel manicure? Are you concerned about the UV exposure?