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New Study Finds Tanning Bed Rays Cause Significant Damage

Need another reason to stay out of the tanning bed? Here’s one: recently, the Journal of Investigative Dermatology published a study concluding that the type of UV rays delivered by tanning beds (UVA1) penetrate layers of skin cells that are particularly vulnerable to developing cancerous mutations. The research is published as several states ban tanning for minors and place restrictions on frequency of use, citing health concerns.

The study compared UVA1 rays that are used by tanning beds with UVB rays that are emitted by the sun. Both are dangerous to the skin, but the study found that UVA1 rays penetrated the skin deeper and caused potentially cancerous lesions. The lesions are very slow to heal, so frequent tanners are particularly at risk; damage can build up and accumulate, increasing the likelihood of skin cancer exponentially. Additionally, since UVA1 rays penetrate skin deeper, they’re often called “aging rays,” because they create more wrinkles. One researcher compared indoor tanning to smoking–it’s one of the main causes of skin cancer, and completely avoidable.

In order to maintain healthy skin, we recommend that you avoid use of tanning beds and wear both sunscreen and protective clothing in the sun. If you’re concerned about your skin health or any abnormal moles or skin spots, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today to make an appointment.

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