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How does tanning cause skin damage?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Tanning doesn't just make your skin look darker; it is the number one cause of premature skin aging. It's really not the tan that does the damage -- it's the sun exposure. And more specifically, it's exposure to ultraviolet light.

The tan is your body's response to the injury caused by the sun.

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