- A recent study linking UV lamp use for gel nail polish manicures and pedicures with cancer-causing genetic changes was reported in the media. However, this study was not based on people, it was a lab-based study using mouse and human skin cells, so we can’t be fully sure if this happens in humans in everyday life.
- Although we looked for systematic reviews or studies we didn’t find any that were of good enough quality to rely on.
- We found three reviews (Review one, review two and review three) about the use of UV lamps for gel nail polish and cancer. All the reviews were of very low quality, and the studies they included were either of low quality or lab-based studies. Some of these studies suggested that UV lamp use is a risk factor in developing cancer, while others suggested there is no or very low risk.
Guidelines and recommendations
The WHO and other organisations do not recommend the use of UV tanning devices, but they don’t say anything about using UV lamps for gel nail polish.