A lot of people believe indoor tanning is safe. The truth is, tanning beds injure thousands of people each year badly enough to go to a hospital, and that’s just the beginning. People who indoor tan damage their skin, often getting wrinkles, warts, rashes, and dark spots. They may even get skin infections, cataracts in their eyes, and—most dangerous of all—skin cancer, including deadly melanoma.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and unlike almost all other kinds of cancer, the rates are climbing. This is definitely not a trend you want to follow. Avoiding indoor tanning and protecting yourself from the sun when outdoors are the best ways to reduce your chance of getting skin cancer.
The Burning Truth communication initiative encourages you to keep your skin healthy and beautiful for life by protecting yourself from too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and tanning beds.
Female high school students in states with indoor tanning laws, particularly those with parental permission laws and age restrictions, were less likely to engage in indoor tanning compared to students in states without any laws, according to a CDC study published online by the American Journal of Public Health
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Approximately 3.5 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancers are treated annually, and over 60,000 melanomas are diagnosed annually. While most cancers have been on the decline since the 1990s, melanomas, which are the most fatal of skin cancers, have been on the rise, especially among young women. Increased exposure to ultraviolet radiation through indoor tanning may be partially responsible for the continued increase in melanoma.
Researchers, led by Dr. Gery Guy at CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, analyzed results of the 2009 and 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Surveys of U.S. high school students in grades 9-12, and examined the details of each state’s indoor tanning laws. Among high school students, 23.4 percent of females engaged in indoor tanning, and 6.5 percent of males engaged in indoor tanning.
Dr. Guy and his colleagues looked at state indoor tanning laws, and the relationship between teens’ tanning behaviors and state laws. System access laws included warning statements and signs, limited advertising about the benefits of tanning, mandatory protective eyewear, operator-required incident reports, and penalties for violations. Youth access laws included parental permission for minors and age restrictions.
The odds of female students engaging in indoor tanning in states with any indoor tanning laws were 30 percent less than those in states without any indoor tanning laws. The odds of female students in states with systems access, parental permission, and age restriction laws engaging in indoor tanning were 42 percent less than those in states without any laws. Laws were not associated with the prevalence of indoor tanning for male youth.
States with laws that included systems access, parental permission, and age restrictions had the lowest rates of indoor tanning among teen girls. This is the first study to look at the impact of such laws on indoor tanning rates.
“State indoor tanning laws, especially age restrictions, may be effective in reducing indoor tanning among our nation’s youth,” said Gery Guy, PhD, health economist and the study’s lead author. “We need to address the harms of indoor tanning, especially among children. Indoor tanning laws can be part of a comprehensive effort to prevent skin cancers and change social norms around tanned skin.”
The numbers of states implementing new laws, particularly age restrictions, have increased substantially in recent years. Currently, six states (California, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Vermont), restrict indoor tanning among minors aged younger than 18 years. A number of states are either considering new youth access legislation or strengthening existing laws.
The World Health Organization recommends that no one under the age of 18 years use indoor tanning. The Food and Drug Administration has proposed reclassifying indoor tanning devices from low- to moderate-risk devices. The proposed order advises against the use of indoor tanning among minors aged younger than 18 years.
To all the indoor tanner's out there, and their haters.
So let me get this straight.. you fully condone laying on a beach, soaking up the sun for hours on end, all summer long. Yet when the word “indoor tanning” is mentioned, you immediately feel the need to tell me “how bad they are for you” and how you would never use an indoor tanning facility? That makes so much sense… *rolls eyes* This is just something that has been on my mind for a while. I work at a tanning salon, and have been trained first hand on how our bulbs work, the similarities and differences to natural sunlight, and what to do to prevent over exposure. First, let me start by saying that natural sunlight emits 3 types of UV rays. At my salon, the bulbs are a custom blend of the two less harmful rays, and we carefully monitor the frequency and duration of our client’s exposure times. By doing so we can accurately regulate the amount of UV rays that individual has been exposed to. We also have a 24 hour rule that we are very strict about. Can you say that about tanning outdoors? No, thats what i thought. I figure, if I’m choosing to tan, I’d much rather monitor the amount of UV I am exposed to, and do so in a controlled setting. Now, the next time you uninformed, judgmental individuals try and criticize me on my “life choices”… please have your facts straight beforehand.
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Indoor tanning, which is associated with an increased risk of skin cancer, has reached alarming rates among young people, with about 20% of teenagers using indoor tanning.
We assess the frequency of mentions of indoor tanning and tanning health risks on Twitter. We used the Twitter Streaming Application Programming Interface (API) to collect in real time all tweets (English language) mentioning indoor tanning, tanning bed, tanning booth, tanning salon, sun bed, or sun lamp, over 2 weeks (March 27, 2013, to April 10, 2013). Data are presented in the table.
(more in The Lancet)
So for the past week I have been going to an indoor tanning salon. 3/5 in the past 5 days. I feel like I’m betraying all that I used to stand for. But in my defence the only reason I’m going is for health reasons, my skin NEEDS vitamin D and the indoor tanning has helped my condition DRASTICALLY. For a skin virus that has no official medicine and is supposed to last for 6-8 weeks, I’m kicking it’s fucking itchy ass in less than 2 weeks. Itchiness has decreased tenfold, rash is drying up and barely even noticable. For fucks sake I can’t even see the Herald patch anymore unless I look hard for it! Thank god for indoor tanning and zinc oxide cream, I don’t know how I would have survived this stupid virus without it. And thank god for those randoms on the internet who posted their opinion on curing Pityriasis Rosea; the BITCH of all benign viruses.
Oh and I learned a neat fact. There is no such thing as artificial UV light. The UV radiation you get in a tanning bed is the EXACT same as what you get from the sun, tanning beds are just controlled..,I never knew that until 5 days ago.
Half of the people you talk to are against them,then the other 50% are with me and use them. Could it be because the worlds Jersey obsessed? Or maybe we just want at little color? Either way,the beds are harmful but if your going to use them,use them right.
1) Start off my always wearing protective goggles. They look embar but it’s for your own good.
2) If you decide to tan you need a proper lotion. Buying lotions at your local salon is for a fact MORE expensive then if you would order online. With that said,I’ve used ebay and Amazon to buy lotions before. Right now I’m using Bomb Shell tingles,I love it but please avoid contact with the face!
3)DO NOT tan daily! Your skin needs time to develop your tan!
What The What?! Doctors Prescribing Tanning Bed Use Despite Risks.
We all know to stay away from tanning beds by now, right? While a beautiful glow looks great, it’s not going to be nearly as beautiful when you’re having that beautifully tanned skin removed because melanoma took up residence in it. So with all the dangers, why would doctors prescribe their patients a known carcinogen when there are no proven benefits to getting a tan?
Looks like some doctors are following anecdotal evidence that salon tanning helps solve health ailments like SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), osteoporosis, vitamin D deficiency and psoriasis. The thing is, the evidence is just that, anecdotal. It’s not been proven in studies and there’s no clinical research to back it up. "It’s absolutely ludicrous to send patients to tanning salons for any medical reason,“ says Bruce Brod, M.D., clinical associate professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. "Indoor tanning doesn’t have health benefits. It causes skin cancer!”
One doctor in particular, Grace A. Gibbs, D.O., an OB/GYN surgeon in Lansing, Michigan prescribes the use of tanning bed in moderation to her patients. She stresses that it can help a few of them, and she’s not worried about skin cancer because she gives them an annual skin check. The problem is, the tanning people do in their younger years can take up to 10 years to show up on their skin as melanoma. Prescribing tanning beds in moderation is like telling someone it’s OK to smoke sometimes for anxiety. It’s stupid.
So, if your doctor ever prescribes you something crazy like a known carcinogen to help get over an ailment; question him/her on it. Make sure if you leave your doctor’s office with a prescription for tanning that you intend to use that you ask yourself if whatever ailment you have is worse than cancer. That it’s worse than melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Has your doctor ever prescribed tanning? Would you heed your doctor’s advice if he/she ever prescribed tanning for your ailment?
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Many people love the feeling of getting bronze, tanned skin before they hit the beach and one way to do that is by spending time in an indoor tanning booth. There are many ways to get a healthy glow when spending time in a tanning bed and we’re here to offer you some ideas to get the best deal and to make your tan last.
Before you decide on any salon tanning bed, make certain you look around for special offers from various salons that provide tanning for their customers. You can usually find great prices on tanning packages if you spend the time looking. When you’re making your tanning appointment, you will want to purchase some tanning lotion – the kind specifically made for tanning beds – to enhance the time you spend there.
Prepping your skin before you head to the tanning booth will help you get the best tan. Exfoliation is crucial to a beautiful, even tan. You will also want to moisturize both before and after a tanning session to keep your pores open and amenable to the tan. Again, indoor tanning lotion will enhance your bronzing time!
You need to decide whether you want to tan in the nude or in a bathing suit. Obviously nude tanning will leave your skin evenly tanned and with no tan lines, but a suit will let you see exactly how tan you’re getting. Work with the tanning salon professionals to determine the best amount of time for you to be in the tanning booth. Depending on the hue of your skin you may need to start out slowly and work your way up to a longer session.
Tanning in a tanning bed is a great way to get yourself a base tan before you hit the beach!
Skin cancer isn’t the only risk; new report documents tanning salon visits gone terribly wrong
“A majority of ER visits due to indoor tanning – nearly 80 percent – were due to severe burns. Just under 10 percent of visits were a result of syncope, or passing out. Nearly 6 percent were related to eye injuries.”
For those of you who use tanning beds, please be careful!
–Dionysus (is nerdy in the extreme and whiter than sour cream but feels people should read this)