Tanning Beds Should Be Avoided

While you might tend to think of hot days, beaches, and tanned skin during the summer months as something to look forward to every year, your dermatologist would likely disagree. Tanned skin is actually the equivalent of damaged skin cells that could potentially lead to melanoma — one of the most aggressive and deadly types of skin cancer.

One popular practice that is fading yet still incredibly dangerous is the use of tanning beds. According to a recent study from the American Academy of Dermatology, over forty percent of female teens and college students were reported to have used tanning beds to make themselves more appealing in their social media posts.

Here are the top reasons to avoid tanning beds

  • Tanning bed equipment emits high amounts of cancer-causing radiation.
  • Frequenting tanning beds dramatically increases your risk of melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.
  • Tanning alters the skin’s DNA which can lead to premature aging and changes in skin color and elasticity. Excessive ultraviolet radiation can also cause vision problems.
  • Using tanning beds to increase your body’s level of vitamin D is ineffective. Natural sunshine or getting natural vitamin D with your dietary choices is much preferred.

Preventing damage to your skin cells can be aided by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 25 on all areas exposed to the sun. Wear sunglasses, hats, and stay in the shade as much as possible if you have light skin.

If you notice any abnormalities in your skin, hair, or nails or suspect skin cancer, see an experienced board-certified dermatologist for the best care. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.