Cavallo & Horlick Dermatology

631-732-9090Suffolk - Pt Jefferson Station
1500 Route 112 Bldg 6
Pt. Jefferson Sta., NY 11776

516-921-2294Nassau - Woodbury
169 Froehlich Farm Blvd.
Woodbury, NY 11797

Are Tanning Beds Bad for You?

Published on April 4, 2019

Having sunkissed skin that’s evenly tanned is something a lot of people aspire to have. It gives off an attractive glow, but what a lot of people fail to realize is, this look often comes at a price. Being exposed to the sun for a long period of time can cause severe damage to your skin. To get around this, some opt to use tanning beds to tan their skin to the desired look.

Funnily enough, you risk developing skin cancer much more while using a tanning bed, especially if you happen to be under the age of 35.

Doctors have tried time and again to dispel the myths around the safety and apparent health benefits of using tanning beds but to no avail. One of the more popular myths pertaining to tanning beds is that they provide you with vitamin D. There is no truth to this belief.

Outdoor Tanning Vs. Indoor Tanning

Indoor tanning has its share of loyalists because they believe it is safer than outdoor tanning. Research contradicts this belief. It says that tanning beds radiate an unwavering intensity of UV rays which cause more harm than being out in the sun.

UV radiation can come from UVA rays or UVB rays. Both these rays contain the potential to cause skin damage and skin cancer. Indoor tanning beds expose you to both these harmful rays at a constant rate.

How Exactly Are Tanning Beds Harmful?

As discussed above, tanning beds expose you to harmful UV rays that have the ability to alter skin proteins and cellular DNA. They can heighten your risks for developing a skin cancer like squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma. In fact, they could also lead to eye cancer and cataracts.

Premature aging, discoloration, and exaggerated wrinkles are all caused by the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers in healthy skin due to the action of the UV rays.

Possible Alternatives You Could Consider

If you still want a tan, try other methods of getting one. There are plenty of self-tanning options available on the market for this purpose, including tanning sprays, creams, wipes, lotions, foams, and moisturizers. Most of these are quite effective and give you quick results, darkening the appearance of your skin in hours. You can expect these types of tans to last around a week.

Instead of using tanning beds to gain vitamin D, eat vitamin D rich food. Also, don’t think outdoor tanning will help rid you of the health complications associated with indoor tanning. Outdoor tanning is equally detrimental to your health if you directly expose yourself to the sun for long periods of time without the proper protection.

Always wear sunscreen and protective clothing when venturing out into the sun to ensure optimal skin health. Doing this will also help you retain your youthful good looks for a longer period of time.

Contact Our Office

Having sun-damaged skin can cause it to become wrinkled, loose, and saggy. Spending a lot of time in the sun can further accelerate these changes. Fortunately, a trip to Dermatology Cavallo and Horlick can help. We provide outstanding skin-care treatments that will rejuvenate your skin’s youthful look in no time. Contact Our Office today!


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