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States Push for Ban on Teen Indoor Tanning

Feb 22 2012

The Huffington Post is featuring an important story on the dangers of indoor tanning and how some states are trying to limit access of teenagers.  “Lawmakers in Idaho and 17 other states are following the lead of California as they consider new restrictions on the use of tanning beds by teenagers,” the article explains, “to stem rising rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.”  So, why is tanning so problematic among young people?  The fact is, early overexposure to UV radiation and sunburn dramatically  increases one’s chances of developing problems down the line.

Just how many teens are tanning?  Citing data from the American Academy of Dermatology, the Huffington Post reports that “An estimated 28 million people — including 2.3 million teens — tan themselves indoors in the United States each year.”  While these statewide bans are still up in the air, hopefully our young people will begin to realize that although bronze skin may look nice, they could end up paying with something far more valuable than money—their health.

And, of course, if you are at all concerned about a suspicious growth or any change in your skin, don’t hesitate to schedule a Skin Cancer Screening right away.

UV Radiation Can Harm Your Appearance

If the cancer risk isn’t enough to deter you from getting inside a tanning bed, take a moment to consider how UV radiation can affect your appearance.  Here are a few ways the sun—and artificial tanning—can change the way you look:

  • Freckles: Freckles are essentially small clusters of melanin, our skin’s pigment.  While there are genetic factors to freckle development, exposure to the sun can also be involved.  Cosmetic dermatology offers a few ways to deal with the appearance of freckles, including Chemical Peels.
  • Wrinkles: Overexposure to the sun affects our skin’s elastin and collagen, the proteins that keep our face “springy.” What does this spell for you?  Wrinkles.  While there are many cosmetic treatments for wrinkles, one of the most popular is dermal fillers like Restylane.  These fillers work by filling in the spaces or “valleys” of deep, persistent creases.
  • Skin discoloration: Overexposure to UV radiation can often cause a skin discoloration called melasma.  While melasma on its own doesn’t have any other symptoms, it certainly affects your appearance.  One of the best ways cosmetic dermatology addresses melasma is with Laser Treatment, such as the Fraxel re:store.

Explore Cosmetic Dermatology Today

To learn more about protecting your skin from harmful UV radiation or to explore Sun Damage Treatment, contact us today.  Our offices are located in Danville, and we accommodate many patients in the Walnut Creek area.  Book your appointment at (925)272-2695.

Category: Cosmetic Dermatology News, General Dermatology