At Portland Dermatology, we care about your skin as much as you do. We’ve been a part of the Portland community since 1960, and our physician only provider team includes seven board-certified dermatologists, backed by a highly trained staff. We're committed to providing superior patient care – even offering urgent same-day and next-day appointments.
UV Protection: A Good Idea for Gel Manicures!
When you go for a manicure at your local nail salon, you might take ultraviolet radiation (UVR) into consideration. Gel manicures are typically dried by nail lamps that produce UVR, and though the levels and thus the risk are quite low, they are "not insignificant," according to Elizabeth K. Hale, MD, a Vice President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. Over a lifetime, they could slightly increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying a moisturizing, SPF 15+ sunscreen to your hands and nails before using a UV dryer. This will also protect your hands against wrinkles, brown spots and other signs of aging.
Some nail lamps produce LED (light-emitting diode) light, or use a fan, neither of which poses any risk. "If you are not sure which type of nail lamp your salon uses, ask your nail technician," says Dr. Hale. "Or, you can play it safe by letting your nails air-dry naturally."
For more information, visit www.skincancer.org.
Our clinic offers the latest in advanced dermatology services. Diagnostics and treatments include patch testing for contact allergies, cutaneous surgery, dermoscopies for mole exams, biologic therapy for psoriasis, UVB light therapy, Excimer laser, cryotherapy, and biopsies of the skin and scalp. Portland Dermatology also provides Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancer.
We offer an array of the latest advancements in cosmetic, laser and skin care services. We customize treatments to address your skin's condition and meet your goals. Laser treatments include VBeam Pulsed Dye, Fractionated CO2 and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). We also offer Botox & Dysport injections, dermal fillers, sclerotherapy, chemical peels, pore extractions, skin care product lines, and much more.