How does tanning in a tanning bed damage the skin?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Getting a tan from a tanning bed has only negative effects on your body. Using a tanning bed damages your skin and increases the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. When you get a tan from a tanning bed you are exposing your skin to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV exposure increases the risk of premature skin aging, deep wrinkles, and serious skin cancers.

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