Tanning Dangers

By: Erin Pulsanti Email
By: Erin Pulsanti Email

A significant spike in skin cancer cases among young people has skin care professionals looking at tanning in a whole new light.

"Tanning from the sun and the tanning bed, we know, is carcinogenic," explains Dr. Asher Louden of Mountain State Dermatology. "The sun's light and the tanning bed light is composed of ultra violet radiation. Ultra violet radiation damages the skin and leads to skin cancer."

More immediately than skin cancer, ultra violet radiation can change the appearance of your skin.

"Premature aging, discoloration, dark spots, liver spots," adds Alishiya Pearce, cosmetologist at Bodylogic in Vienna. "Tanning also breaks down the collagen and that supports the skin so it begins to sag."

Many skin care professionals agree it's best to avoid tanning beds and sun bathing at all costs. If you've exposed your skin to UV rays, Dr. Louden says you need to get to know your skin well enough to know when something is wrong.

"Change is the biggest sign of what is cancerous. If you have a mole that's been there forever and has never changed, it's probably not bad," Dr, Louden says. "If you have a dark, irregular spot, that's gradually growing and turning more colors, that's a sign for concern and you may want to get that checked out and go see someone."

To repair the damage, meet with skin care professionals.

"You can meet with licensed estheticians who can teach you how to take care of your skin, nourish the skin and treat the damage," Pearce says. "There is a infrared sauna that helps improve the damage, help you absorb nutrients and also detox."

Click on the link below for more information on Bodylogic and the services they offer.

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