Can UV nail lamps cause skin cancer?

The ultraviolet nail lamp used for curing gel nail polish in salon will emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which may cause skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer, especially in the case of long-term or frequent exposure. UV radiation is divided into UVA and UVB rays, both of which can have harmful effects on the skin.

Here’s what you should know about the potential risks of UV nail lamps:

1.UV radiation exposure:

UV nail lamps emit UVA radiation, which is the same type of UV radiation as in sunbeds. Although the exposure time in the gel enhancement process is relatively short compared to the sunbed, repeated exposure may accumulate and bring risks over time.

2.Skin damage:

UVA radiation can penetrate deep layers of the skin and damage DNA within skin cells. This type of damage can lead to premature aging of the skin, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots.

3.Skin cancer risk:

Long term and repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation, whether from the sun, sunbeds, or UV nail lamps, can increase the risk of cancer. Although the risk of UV nail lamps is usually considered lower than that of tanning beds, potential risks still exist.

4.Protective measures:

If you often use the UV nail lamp for gel enhancement, you can take measures to minimize the potential risk: before the salon, apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with high SPF on your hands. Consider wearing protective gloves to block ultraviolet radiation. Limit the frequency of gel enhancements to reduce the overall exposure of the ultraviolet communication bureau, and pay attention to the cumulative impact of ultraviolet radiation from various sources, including the sun.


Some salons offer LED nail lights as an alternative to UV lights. Compared with the traditional UV lamp, LED lamp curing gel polishing faster, emitting less UV radiation.

6.Regular skin examination:

Whether you are exposed to UV nail lamps, you must undergo regular self skin examinations and monitor your skin for any changes, such as new moles, growth, or changes in existing moles. If necessary, early detection of skin changes can lead to timely medical evaluation and treatment.

It should be noted that the risk of skin cancer caused by UV nail lamps is usually considered low, especially compared to other sources of UV radiation such as sunlight and sunbeds. However, practicing sun protection measures, protecting the skin, and realizing that your overall UV exposure helps to minimize potential risks. If you have concerns about your skin health, it is best to consult Dr. Niyati Dhawan, a dermatologist, for personalized guidance and advice.