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Indoor Tanning and its Dangers

Did you know that tanning beds are being used by more than one million people in the United States every single day? In a study completed this year, 13 percent of American adults, 43 percent of college students, and 10 percent of teens admitted to using a tanning bed or sunlamp in the past 12 months. Annual revenue from the industry is estimated at more than two billion.

These customers believe indoor tanning is a safe and reliable way to acquire an attractive glow and that they can control the amount of ultraviolet rays they are receiving. This is, sadly, a myth.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from artificial sources such as tanning beds and sunlamps have been declared known carcinogens by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services. These devices lead to more than 450,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer and 10,000 melanoma cases each year in the United States, Europe and Australia.

Every turn under the lamp increases the likelihood of damage to the skin. Additionally, indoor tanning users are vulnerable to premature skin aging, suppression of the immune system, and damage to the eyes, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Natural exposure to the sun already does plenty of damage, which is why the use of sunscreen is so crucial. We will be addressing the subject of sunscreen and other protective measures in a separate blog.

In a positive move, the United States Food and Drug Administration recently strengthened regulations regarding the use of indoor tanning beds and sunlamps:

1) Manufacturers must now prove that their equipment has met performance testing requirements.
2) The risks of using these devices must be clearly explained to consumers.
3) Recommendations of skin cancer screening must be given to frequent users.
4) People under the age of 18 should avoid sunlamps altogether.

At Vein and Skin Laser Center, there are a number of treatments that can improve the look and feel of your skin. Sun damage, age spots, and other conditions can be addressed by our experienced physicians. To schedule a consultation, please call us at 404-508-4320.