Tans have been considered one of the easier ways to enhance your natural beauty. The entire process of getting a tan indoors can be soothing, but it can carry certain hidden dangers with it.
Of those dangers, the risk of developing melanoma is the most prominent. This increased risk stems from the way tanning beds work to apply UV radiation to as much of the body as possible.
By better understanding the risk of melanoma stemming from tanning indoors, you may be able to seek different alternatives that are just as effective but carry significantly less of a risk.
Understanding the Link between Indoor Tanning and Melanoma
Tanning is a response from your skin where it produces more melanin. This results in a darkening of the skin that may appear attractive.
The problem is that any type of tan represents an interaction between your skin and ultraviolet radiation. The damage caused by this radiation is what invokes the increased melanin production by your skin, which acts as a natural defense to protect you from further UV radiation.
As exposure to UV radiation increases, your risk of developing melanoma increases substantially. That beautiful tan can quickly become something that could put your life in jeopardy.
While this means any tan carries the risk of melanoma, indoor tanning is particularly dangerous due to the concentrated and controlled way it occurs. You may spend twenty minutes in a tanning bed, resulting in UV radiation akin to spending hours in the sun without sunscreen.
If you regularly undergo indoor tanning, your risks become even higher due to your repeated exposure to UV radiation. Your body has to work harder to remove the heightened amount of mutated skin cells responsible for melanoma.
The Risks of Melanoma
Melanoma itself is something that is incredibly dangerous. It strikes young and old people alike. Even people with robust immune systems can develop it.
An estimated 68,000 people will develop melanoma. Roughly, 16 percent of the people who contract this condition will die from it. Many more will experience chronic problems ranging from damaged skin to the spread of cancerous cells throughout the body.
The risk of melanoma becomes even greater when the natural processes that deter cancer become impaired through repeated use of stressful activities like tanning beds. This allows melanoma to develop in numerous places on the body, making the problem worse.
Finding an Alternative to Indoor Tanning
Many alternatives exist as an alternative to indoor tanning. These are often incredibly safe, and some can even make your skin look and feel healthier while giving you the color you desire.
Even tanning outdoors, when done in the right manner, can be significantly safer than indoor tans. This is because the same intensity found in tanning beds are seldom found outdoors.
To learn more about alternatives to beautify your skin without increasing your risk for unwanted side effects, contact Dermatology Associates today. We can work with you to draft the perfect plan designed to make you look and feel more beautiful.