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Tanning beds damage skin cells and even one session is dangerous

Those who head to tanning salons to get that coveted sun-kissed, tan put their health at risk. Each year, roughly 450,000 new skin cancer cases are linked to indoor tanning. In short, no tanning bed is safe. Here’s what you need to know.

Tanning beds emit more harmful radiation than the sun

Ultraviolet (UV) rays, whether from the sun or tanning beds, damage the DNA of your outer skin cells. Whether your skin turns red or tans, the damage is still done.

However, indoor tanning is more dangerous than outdoor tanning in the sun, according to board-certified dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City.

Because tanning beds can emit ultraviolet radiation at a level 10 to 15 times stronger than you would get from sun exposure, even at the height of a sunny day. These stronger radiation levels can cause more severe and deeper skin cell damage.

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Source: Insider – Tanning beds damage skin cells and even one session is dangerous By, Ashley Laderer

About Schweiger Dermatology Group

Schweiger Dermatology Group was founded to help make excellent dermatology care accessible throughout the Northeast. In 2010, Dr. Eric Schweiger started the practice with a single location in Midtown Manhattan. When he saw the need for high-quality dermatology care that did not require weeks or months of waiting to see a qualified provider, his vision of a multi-location practice was born.

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