Gel manicures are an easy and popular (albeit pricey) fix to prevent nail chipping, although a new study by dermatologist and associate professor of dermatology at New York University, Chris Adigun, suggests the process might not be such a convenience.

Adigun’s study shows that many women, after receiving gel manicures, reported nail weakness, brittleness, and thinning.

More severely though, Adigun notices that, “Women who frequently get gel manicures should consider their skin cancer risk because the UV light needed to cure the gel manicure is a risk factor for skin cancer. In addition, photo damage from UV lamps could result in cosmetic changes to the exposed surrounding skin.”

As well, the repeated covering of the nail bed could obscure the finding of any problems that could occur beneath the nail, such as an infection or tumor.

While these reports aren’t fully complete, we’re still not taking any chances, and will be sticking with the traditional brush on nail application.

Read the complete study at the American Academy of Dermatology’s website

Photo courtesy of FOX.