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Indoor Tanning Can Be Harmful to Your Skin - Advice From A Sarasota Florida Dermatologist

I wanted to share with you some experiences we have had in the past few months in our practice. We have diagnosed quite a few melanomas this year. These diagnosed melanomas have been found in all age groups. I've noticed many of my patients are still sun bathing and/or utilizing tanning beds. Both can lead to a skin cancer diagnosis.

Indoor Tanning can be Harmful to your skin!

As a dermatologist, I thought I should explain why indoor tanning can be harmful to your skin. Like sun exposure, indoor tanning carries some serious risks including premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. Despite public health warnings many people still disregard long-term health risks in favor of immediate results.

There have been many studies that have shown the harmful effects of indoor tanning. The tanning industry advertises indoor tanning devices as being safe. They say individuals utilizing indoor tanning don't burn since the devices do not utilize UVB. What isn't advertised is the fact the devices utilize UVA rays. These UVA rays are harmful due to the fact that UVA radiation penetrates deeper into the layers of the skin. This deep skin penetration can cause skin cancer, deep lines, sagging skin and hyperpigmentation.

I do not recommend any of my patients participate in the harmful recreation of indoor tanning!

I realize that some of my patients have a strong desire to have a bronze look to their skin. Therefore, I do recommend airbrush tanning as a safe way to achieve a rich, glowing tan without the risk of sun damage. My practice uses the exclusive F.A.B. Tan formula containing natural Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a sugar cane derivative, to bronze the skin with the precision of an airbrush application. DHA reacts with the amino acids on the skin's epidermal layer to produce the darker skin tone without unnecessary UVA and UVB exposure from the sun. DHA has been used in sunless tanners since the early 60's. A lot of sunless tanning formulas have gone through extensive testing and are FDA approved.

The airbrush delivery system allows for deeper penetration which results in longer lasting color. Most applications last for 5 to 7 days. Air Brush Tanning is completely safe, cost-effective, sunless alternative.

Keep in mind, sunless tanning does not prevent you from future sun damage. I highly recommend the use of effective sunscreen and protective clothing to avoid the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays.


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