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American association comments on media coverage about gel lamp safety

A statement published by American beauty association, the Professional Beauty Association (Nail Manufacturers Council on Safety), addresses concerns raised by recent media reports that have focused on gel nail lamp safety and nail plate safety.

With regard to recent reports that gel nail lamps may cause skin cancer, the statement says:

“A December 2012 report in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University concludes that exposure to gel nail lamps “does not produce a clinically significant increased risk of developing skin cancer.” “

The statement also highlights some interesting points about a 2009 report by two doctors ‘that continues to generate exaggerated media stories’, and offers advice for those who are still concerned about UV exposure from gel nail lamps, including using an opaque glove with the fingertips cut off, or using sunscreen.

To read the report and for more information, visit the Professional Beauty Association website www.probeauty.org/nmc/

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