Dermatology Kingsport TN

Is it safe to Tan?

The Truth About Tanning Beds: There is no such thing as a healthy tan.

Indoor tanning beds emit the same damaging ultraviolet radiation that comes from the sun. In fact, the increased production of melanin that causes tanned skin is actually triggered by damage to skin cell DNA (View the DNA Damage Process).

Getting a "base tan" from a tanning bed does not protect the skin or prevent future sunburn. The additional melanin in tanned skin only provides a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) between 2 and 4, which is much less than the SPF 30 sunscreens we recommend.

Indoor tanning increases your risk of skin cancer:

Tanning beds cause premature skin aging: