3 Common Myths About Tanning-What is the reality?

Spring is here and summers are fast approaching. You can now finally sigh a big relief and go outdoors. For certainly, people think there could be no better weather to book flights to Mexica and start tanning themselves!

However, there are often some concerns that come up. Dermatologists now face a number of questions on the issue of tanning and its effects skin. In addition, there are also plenty of misconceptions that prevail around. Because no one answers them practically, they have always disturbed people in one way or the other.

This article will highlight some of the misconceptions relating to tanning. Once you go over them, you will realize how widely misunderstood the phenomena is.

“Tanning is entirely safe”

The focus is on the word “entirely.” People now tend to believe that tanning itself is nothing to be worried about as long as it does not cause a skin burn. That is largely true since experts have highlighted the procedure to cause future problems for the skin.

While skin burn can lead to complications like melanoma, tanning, on the other hand, poses a similar risk. It can result in premature ageing and in some cases make the skin more vulnerable to cancer.

In fact, dermatologists would tell you that any type of tan on the body is unhealthy. There seems to be no medical justification whatsoever of the benefits that can be yielded from tanning. Suffice to say, it just exposes you to future skin problems which often are overlooked by people.

“Skin Cancers are rare and should not be worried about”

No type of cancer should not be sidelined as no big deal. Typically, because that is what is observed for skin cancers. Because there is not much awareness about this type, it goes off people’s mind without worrying them in any way. Scientists, however, would suggest you think otherwise.

Statistics from USA itself shows that figures of skin cancer patients stand staggeringly high. In fact, one report finds that a person dies from this form of cancer every hour in the US. For certainly, this should alert you how serious the condition can possibly be.

We looked at the previous point that tanning can make the skin vulnerable to cancer. Any type of overexposure to the sun can be detrimental and should be avoided as much as possible.

Only exposure to Ultraviolet B (UVB) is harmful”

We know from our biology textbooks that ultraviolet rays are supposedly “bad” for your skin. Most textbooks would tell you that it is Ultraviolet B or UVB, you should be concerned about.

This is one other common myth that prevails around and needs to be corrected.

If UVB is considered harmful, doesn’t at all mean UVA isn’t. Both types can cause problems for your skin, though causing different types of damage. While UVB is potentially linked with causing skin cancer, UVA results in photoaging disturbing the original skin texture.

What this should tell you is that you need to be worried about both the ultraviolet types and not just be concerned about one!


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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