Tanning Terrors

With the recent FDA ruling on tanning beds, we thought it might be a good time to review general safety measures when it comes to tanning.

Whether on the beach or in a tanning bed, there really is no such thing as a healthy tan once UV rays are involved. Harmful ultraviolet radiation is inevitable when tanning- if you have one, your skin has experienced some degree of skin cell damage. Skin damage and melanoma do not discriminate against age, gender, or race – anyone can get skin cancer, so it is essential to protect yourself when outdoors, even just for a short period of time.

Sun exposure as well as indoor tanning are major causes of skin cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD):

“Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the most preventable risk factor for all types of skin cancer, including melanoma. But according to new research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the majority of Americans are not regularly using sunscreen to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful UV rays.”

We cannot stress the importance of applying sunscreen, creating a barrier between your skin and UV rays is crucial. Stop by either of our locations and ask about the Kahn Dermatology Oil-Free Moisturizing Sunscreen, or any of other products.

The number of people indoor tanning as an “alternative” to soaking in the natural UV rays has been alarmingly high for a number of years now. According to the FDA, “Indoor tanning is a known contributor to skin cancer, including melanoma (it’s most deadly form) and other skin damage.” Yet still, a large number of the people opting for the artificial tanning experience are teenagers. It is reported that about 1.6 million minors take part in indoor tanning each year.

This startling statistic is probably what prompted the FDA’s recent ruling. On December 18th the FDA released their two part approach to regulating the indoor tanning industry.

  1. Restricting the use of sunlamp products to individuals 18 and older. Those still choosing to take part must sign a waiver before their first time tanning and every 6 months after, verifying they are aware of all the risks associated with using sun lamp products.
  2.  The FDA called upon manufacturing companies to improve the safety of products. For the full news release from the FDA, click here.

Of course there is no reason why you have to deprive yourself of a bronzed glow, consider trying the following:

Spray tanning – This faux tan is one of the more effective ways of getting a tan without subjecting yourself to harmful UV rays. The main ingredient that gives you that bronzed look is called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), it works with your skin’s natural chemistry to make it darker. Your newly bronzed skin generally lasts for about a week. What are some added benefits to spray tanning besides healthy skin? How about getting the exact color you want as well as an even tan...

Self-tanning products – There is a large amount of products out on the market that allow you to bypass the harmful UV rays and go straight to a temporary bronzed glow. There are mist sprays, moisturizers, foams, gels, cosmetic powders – if you can think of it, it’s probably already out there! Check Total Beauty’s post on the top self-tanning products of 2015. The key to using self-tanning products is to use sunscreen in combination with these products because they do not have a significant amount of sun protection built in.

Your skin safety is our highest priority, if you have any concerns about your skin please feel free to contact our office.