(New York Times 5/1/14) The Journal JAMA Dermatology suggests that nail salon dryers, which use ultra violet light to speed the drying and hardening of gel nail polishes can emit varying levels of radiation that can lead to risky skin damage in as few as 8 visits to the salon. A random sampling of UV lamps at salons found huge variations in the amount of UV dangerous levels being emitted. In some salons, 8 visits could pose a danger, in others 24 visits and in some 625 visits before any danger manifested.Eventually, all these exposures resulted the point where the UV salon lights triggered cancer-causing DNA damage.
WE ALL LOVE THE EXTENDED WEAR THAT GEL NAILS CAN OFFER. CONSIDER THESE POINTS TO PROTECT YOURSELF.
* DO GEL NAILS ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND FOR VACATIONS.
*USE A “VINYLUX”GEL PRODUCT THAT DRIES WITH REGULAR SUN EXPOSURE AND LASTS LONGER THAN REGULAR POLISH FOR REGULAR WEAR. IF YOU WANT TO EXTEND ITSLIFE, APPLY A TOP COAT EVERY DAY OR EVERY SECOND DAY.
* APPLY A PHYSICAL (NOT CHEMICAL SUNSCREEN) BEFORE USING THE UV LIGHTS AND USE LEATHER GLOVES WITH THE FINGERTIPS CUT OFF, OR USE UV RATED GLOVES. MANY DOCTOR’S OFFICES SELL THESE, OR OCCASIONALLY SOME SALONS.
* SALONS CAN GET “LED” LIGHTS TO CURE THE GEL NAIL POLISH. THEY ARE EXPENSIVE BUT THEY ARE SAFE.
* INSIST ON MORE EXPENSIVE NAIL UV LIGHTS THAT HAVE TIMERS RATHER THAN CHEAPER ONES THAT THE TECHNICIANS JUST TURN ON AND LEAVE ON WITHOUT TIMING THEM.
* IT DOESN’T TAKE THAT MUCH MORE EFFORT TO BE SAFE AND ENJOY ATTRACTIVE COLORFUL NAILS!
Why Choose DSA Dermatology?
At DSA Dermatology, we bring to you the best of not one but three leading dermatologists in Plano TX,
Dr. Achtman is a board-certified Dermatologist with over three decades of experience. Having graduated from the medical school of McMaster University, he also studied at the UTSW Medical Center in Dallas, TX where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Dermatology. In addition to possessing extensive training and experience in cosmetic enhancement techniques, Dr. Achtman is widely known as a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of various skin cancers. He is an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Achtman goes the extra mile to understand your medical concerns and to ensure that he helps you meet your unique aesthetic goals.
Dr. Carmine G. McConnell is a board-certified physician in Plano TX. Having been trained at McMaster University, Canada, she went on to earn her board certification in Texas. Having served as Chief of Staff of her department at Plano Medical Center, she has over two decades of experience in practicing medicine in her practice and while assisting Dr. Achtman in the practice of dermatology. In addition to her extensive postgraduate training in laser therapy and aesthetic surgery, among other procedures, she possesses vast experience in both cosmetic dermatological techniques and family medicine. As a conscientious and caring physician, Dr. McConnell provides her patients with customized non-surgical treatments to help address health and aesthetic concerns related to the skin. She is also keen on helping patients understand their skin and how it can be cared for and protected.
Dr. Jordan Achtman is a board-certified dermatologist in DSA Dermatology at Plano, TX. Dr. J. Achtman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern. His expertise spans general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. J. Achtman also has various special interests including chronic itch, infectious diseases of the skin, and the relationship between mental health and skin health. He is also very keen on helping patients form healthy skincare regimens and habits. In the hands of Dr. J. Achtman, you can be assured of innovative and cutting edge solutions for all your skin concerns.