Is tanning safe?

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Charlotte dermatologists know that as the weather warms up, people will engage in sun tanning to darken their skin color. A tremendous number of people hold the perception that tanned skin is more appealing and even healthy looking. The most common method of tanning the skin is by sun bathing. People deliberately tan their skin by prolonged exposure to the sun. Just as dangerous as sunbathing, others invest their time and money in tanning salons. Others will concede that prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays is not healthy and will opt to use chemical products which can produce a tanning effect without exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Excessive exposure to the ultraviolet rays has negative health effects, the first of which is sunburn. Beyond sunburn, there is an increased risk of skin cancer, as well as depressed immune system function. If you are a regular sun-bather, you should consider yourself fortunate if the only health effect that you encounter is accelerated aging of the skin.

Many people insist that their skin maintain a bronzed or golden look all year around. The reality is that UV exposure is bad, regardless of whether that tan comes from the outdoors or a tanning bed. Both will result in serious damage to your skin, and will make you more susceptible to skin cancer. This knowledge has prompted many individuals to switch to self-tanners or a spray tan. Remember that your skin is about much more than your appearance. It is much more complex than it appears, and just as with other skin treatments, if you decide to use a self-tanning product, it is wise to check with your Charlotte dermatologist, to determine the best product(s) for your needs.

Self-tanning history

The active ingredient in any spray tan or self-tanning product is a compound called dihydroxyacetone, commonly known as DHA. The substance reacts with dead cells on the surface of the skin, its tanning effect lasts about a week. DHA was approved by the Food and Drug Administration more than 40 years ago as a cosmetic additive. The FDA warns that it may not be safe for DHA to come into contact with the eyes, nose, mouth and any mucous membranes. However, the its use is considered to be safe as long as a few precautions are followed. Self-tanning lotions and creams are the safest application because there is virtually no chance of inhaling the substance in lotion form.

Ballantyne area dermatologists

If you are seeking your island tan without the sun and sand, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide a new self-tanning lotion by Avene®. Dr. Nixon is a board certified Charlotte dermatologist whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and reliable cosmetic dermatology concerns.

Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, reliable cosmetic dermatology, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. We provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox:registered: treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. We provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call our office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis of your sun damaged skin, or any other skin condition.


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