U of M Expert Alert: Skin health during prom and wedding season
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (04/11/2023) — The season of proms, weddings and other major social events is upon us. If you’re planning to book an appointment to get a tan or fresh manicure, there are some important health considerations to keep in mind. A recent study found that the ultraviolet (UV) lamps used for gel nail treatments can damage cells and potentially increase the risk for skin cancer. Skin cancer risk associated with tanning beds is also well documented.
Ingrid Polcari, MD, with the University of Minnesota Medical School shares how UV light damage impacts skin health.
Ingrid Polcari, MD
“It’s important to recognize that most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to UV rays. Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is a vital step in preventing skin cancer and ensuring your long-term health and well-being."
“Given what we know about UV rays, it’s no surprise that the UV in gel nail lights could also have some risk. If you’re planning to get a tan or manicure for an upcoming social event, consider alternatives that don’t involve UV exposure.”
Ingrid Polcari, MD, is an associate professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School and a Masonic Cancer Center member. She is also a pediatric dermatologist at M Health Fairview. Her areas of expertise include dermatology, specifically photoprotection and skin cancer prevention.
Ingrid Polcari, MD
Associate professor at the U of M Medical School.
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