Tanning parlors--just how bad are they?

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Registered: 04-28-2003
Tanning parlors--just how bad are they?
Mon, 04-28-2003 - 11:37pm
I sometimes let my dd visit the tanning parlor, especially when we were preparing for our Fla. trip. I am very strict about how long she can go in the bed, much to her disappointment. As it turned out, it was cloudy most of the time when we were in FL but when she worked outside, home in MI, at the school band car wash, most of the other kids turned red as lobsters but she just got a little pink. The pink turned to brown a couple of hours later. I have heard these tanning parlors give you skin cancer. But I think sunburn is pretty dangerous too.

I went a few times, but it seemed to make my face break out, so I gave it up. My skin is lighter than hers.

What is your experience with teenagers using tanning parlors?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 04-29-2003 - 11:24am

From what I hear indoor tanning is just a dangerous as tanning in the sun. However, I'd recommend finding a salon that offers "Mystic Tan". You go in a booth, and they spray you with sunless tanner. I've heard nothing but wonderful reviews, and I'm going for one in about a week. IMHO, it's better than getting skin cancer.

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Registered: 03-14-2003
Tue, 04-29-2003 - 1:29pm
None here, because visits to the tanning salon are not allowed.

Even with high clouds a person can burn if their skin is sensitive and it's always better to use a sunscreen while out and about. It's better to be pasty white than end up with melanoma.

Here's an article about teens and tanning beds: http://www.parentsoup.com/experts/ped/qas/0,,166613_444764,00.html

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Wed, 04-30-2003 - 4:06pm
I would not want anyone I know to use a tanning salon. I work in a major trauma center in the Phoenix area. I work in the surgical dept. I'm not trying to scare you, ok maybe I am, but I've seen patients with mellanoma from tanning beds and sun exposure and it's not pretty. I've heard of patients who have died from mellanoma that was a direct result of tanning beds. These poor patients thought they were getting a tan the safe way. I have three teenagers and I would not let them go to a tanning salon. In my part of the country we have to be extra careful all year round and my kids play lots of sports so they don't go out of the house for any outdoor activity without sunscreen. They've just been raised that way so it's kind of like water to them, they just do it without thinking. I would strongly discourage anyone from using tanning salons and please wear your sunscreen. Life is too precious to lose because we want darker skin. If your DD has already visted the tanning salon I would keep a very close eye on her skin. ANYTHING that looks out of the ordinary should be looked at by a doctor. Good Luck to you and DD.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 05-01-2003 - 12:35am

Please tell me how the Mystic Tan goes. I've tried self-tanning and I can never get myself coated evenly, and I don't want to increase my risk of skin cancer. but I WOULD like to look darker since I don't really tan well naturally. There's a mystic tan near me so I was debating whether to give it a try...

Good luck!
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 05-02-2003 - 9:45pm

Have you checked out the website? www.MysticTan.com :) I can't actually go for another 2 weeks, since I just got a tattoo yesterday. However, I was going to see if I could somehow keep a bandage just on my tattoo, and tan the rest of me. I mean, it's not like I want to tan it anyways. Anyways, I'll let you know as soon as I go in.

Take care! Jen
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Registered: 04-20-2003
Sat, 05-03-2003 - 6:32am


"Dermatologists across the country are alarmed with the number of teenagers and young adults who continue to patronize tanning salons regardless of the studies that have reported on the link between sun exposure to a wide array of skin cancers," said Dr. Sekula-Gibbs. "Dermatologists are treating more and more fatal skin lesions in remarkably young patients with the common denominator of overexposure to the sun before the age of 18 when their skin cells are especially vulnerable to injury from UV radiation."

"There is no such thing as a safe tan," said Dr. Sekula-Gibbs. "A tan is the skin’s response to an injury and every time you tan you accumulate damage to the skin, as well as accelerate the aging process and increase your risk for skin cancer. As long as indoor tanning for cosmetic effects is permitted in this country, there needs to be increased educational efforts informing the public of the risks of this type of tanning."

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 05-03-2003 - 10:34am
None of my three use tanning salons. They use sunblock. They're pretty fair-skinned, so I worry about melanoma; my oldest (19) already has several moles and goes to the dermatologist every so often for a head to toe check on them.

I had a cousin who used tanning salons regularly, until the eye patch slipped out of place one day while she was in the booth and she suffered a severe corneal burn. No more tanning booths for her since then, and none for her kids either.