The World Health Organization has stated that indoor tanning increases the risk of cancer. In fact, people who use indoor tanning beds are 59% more likely to develop melanoma. There are 35 states that restrict indoor tanning. Minors are not allowed to use a tanning bed without the consent of their parents.
The American Academy of Dermatology also agrees that tanning indoors can be dangerous. They have also stated that indoor tanning equipment should be banned unless it is being used for medical purposes. If you still choose to tan, then it is a good idea to use a self-tanning product. However, you will need to make sure that you use a sunscreen with it.
Why Indoor Tanning is Dangerous
Tanning indoors can increase the risk of sunburn. People who frequently get sunburns are more likely to develop melanoma. People who start getting sunburns at a young age are at an even greater risk for getting melanoma.
It typically takes several years for melanoma to develop. People who start using a tanning bed before the age of 18 are 75 percent more likely to develop skin cancer by the age of 35. That is one of the many reasons organizations have proposed banning people who are under the age of 18 from using tanning beds.
Skin cancer is not the only risk associated with tanning indoors. If you tan frequently, then your skin is more likely to age prematurely. Skin can wrinkle prematurely because it loses elasticity.
Indoor tanning can also suppress the immune system. The UVA and UVB rays can destroy the skin’s natural defenses. This can put you at risk for numerous illnesses. Indoor tanning can also damage the eyes.
Additionally, people can have an allergic reaction to the UV radiation. This can cause skin rashes and itching.