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Dermatologist explains risks of gel manicures

The past decade has seen a surge in the popularity of gel manicures, which are valued for their appearance and durability, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.  Source: Flickr Creative Commons The past decade has seen a surge in the popularity of gel manicures, which are valued for their appearance and durability, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Source: Flickr Creative Commons
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The past decade has seen a surge in the popularity of gel manicures, which are valued for their appearance and durability, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. 

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Dermatologist Neil Farnsworth says although convenient, there are some risks associated with the manicures. 

The biggest risk is the chance for skin damage from the ultraviolet light used during the curing process. 

"If you have particularly brittle nails the acetone can be too harsh and damage your nails," said Farnsworth. "There is radiation in all types of these nail processes. It can cause aging, liver spots, and possibly skin cancer."

Farnsworth said although the UV rays used is only for a few seconds, if someone gets a gel manicure every few weeks over several years, the risk associated with the UV rays adds up. 

If a gel manicure is performed properly with UV protection, consumers can enjoy the benefits without experiencing negative effects, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. 

Farnsworth said there are UV protection gloves available for purchase online that protect skin from the UV rays. 

Other risks associated with the manicures include  physical damage to the nail or separation of the nail plate from the nail bed, dryness from the use of acetone, and damage to the nail from improper removal. 

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