Indoor Tanning Facts

— Written By and last updated by Nancie Mandeville

Indoor tanning bedsAlthough the beaches have opened up with an advisory to social distance, many folks still enjoy going to the tanning salon. There are many health risks that come with using a tanning bed. In this article, we’ll examine a few.

First of all, using a tanning bed is not safer than tanning in the sun. In fact, the evidence that tanning beds, lamps, etc. can cause skin cancer is so strong the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed warnings on the equipment. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, just one tanning bed session can increase the risk of melanoma by 20%, squamous cell carcinoma by 67%, and basal cell carcinoma by 29%.

Tanning beds actually impact the longevity of one’s beauty. Over time, with tanning bed use, the skin becomes leathery and the aging process speeds up. Tanning beds also damage the DNA in your skin, therefore, increasing the risk of skin cancer occurring.

For many women tanning beds have become an addiction. When they don’t visit the tanning bed, they feel sad or depressed.

Tanning beds have caused injury to the eyes, burns, and even loss of consciousness. It is recommended that people avoid tanning beds. Although it may give the appearance of a healthy glow, in reality, it is damaging to the skin and putting one at a greater risk for skin cancer.

Written By

Cheri Bennett, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCheri BennettNutrition Educator, Extension Program Assistant Call Cheri E-mail Cheri N.C. Cooperative Extension, Union County Center
Updated on Jun 9, 2020
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