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Problems May Arise Through UV Lamp Use

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A “No Chip Manicure” for nails is a glossy, hard-wearing manicure that stays flawless for weeks.

Some dermatologists report that gel-type manicures don’t always cure uniformly, causing them to sometimes release chemicals even after they seem dry. (Shutterstock image)

The no chip manicure is known as hybrid-nail treatment that has the finish of a traditional polish, but also contains the long-lasting results of a gel treatment.

It makes your manicure essentially scratch and wear-resistant by curing each nail with the gel polish in conjunction with using a special UV lamp that dries the polish instantly.

For most, this nail technique quickly replaced the need for a traditional weekly manicure, but the question remains, were we all too quick to jump on this beauty bandwagon?

“Artificial UV light does elevate your risk for developing skin cancer.” Anna M. Bender, dermatologist

Just when we get over the horrifying news coverage about fungus and bacterial infections from unsanitary nail shops, here comes some news that might make you think twice about the “No Chip Manicure.”

Reports have been surfacing that this manicure miracle may not be all it’s cracked up to be — no pun intended.

Some dermatologists have been arguing that gel-type manicures don’t always cure uniformly, causing them to sometimes release chemicals even after they seem dry.

Among the many chemicals, one chemical that seems to draw much attention is Methymethacrylate, also known as MMA.

It is known to cause eye, skin, and respiratory irritation. Some have even reported hardening of skin much like scales on a snake.

No chip manicures are typically dried using UV lamps. (Image courtesy of

MMA problems

According to, “although the FDA first issued a warning about liquid MMA in the early 70’s due to reports of fingernail damage and deformity, as well as contact dermatitis, and many state governments have banned its use on nails, some salons continue to use it today.”

So unless you can read the bottle and make sure it is MMA free, you may want to dip out in this nail treatment especially if the bottles are blank.

Please note that MMA may not be the only hazardous chemical included with this treatment.

In addition, in order to fully remove the “No Chip Manicure,” one must soak their nails in pure acetone for up to 20 minutes.

Common sense tells us that repeatedly soaking in such a strong solvent is anything but good.

Chemicals found in no chip manicures have been found to cause eye, skin, and respiratory irritation. (Image courtesy of


Furthermore, studies have revealed that the use of ultra-violet light as a hardening catalyst may be the reason for the increase in the amount of women whose hands are prematurely aged.

This also includes the increasing numbers of cases of skin cancers on the hands because of repeated exposures to the UV light.

It seems that these dryers may cause the same results as excessive sun exposure or too much time spent in tanning beds.

According to a 2009 Washington Post article,”Gel manicures raise questions about safety of the UV lamps used to dry the polish, “ a medical journal looked at two cases of women who reported repeated exposure to UV nail lamps and developed skin cancer on the backs of their hands. (The lamps also are used to set acrylic nails and dry traditional manicures and pedicures, but in about half the time.)”

Also in the same article, Anna M. Bender, a dermatologist at John Hopkins says that, “Artificial UV light does elevate your risk for developing skin cancer.”

The “No Chip Manicure” goes by many different names and has been created by many distributors.

Make sure to know all your facts because the instant gratification of beautiful nails may have long lasting health effects.

1 Comment

  1. If you want to live longer, and healthier, stop getting professional manicures and any kind of artificial nails, or anything else. It’s just that simple.

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