A recent small study provides some new insight into the tanning salon culture. According to the survey of over 200 young women between the ages of 18 and 30 years, nearly four women in ten said that their first experience with indoor tanning was with their mothers. In addition, these girls began tanning indoors two years earlier (14 instead of 16) than the others in the study and were almost five times more likely to be “heavy tanners” when they became college students. Of course, dermatologists would prefer that mothers better exert the considerable influence they have over their young daughters by directing them away from activities that promote skin wrinkling and skin cancer toward healthier endeavors, such as exercise.

Tanning beds and unprotected exposure to the sun can also lead to premature wrinkles and age spots. Seek guidance from your dermatologist regarding safe tanning alternatives. For additional information about skin cancer and its signs and symptoms, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. We provide all full breadth of dermatological services and most insurance plans are accepted.  Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite. We are accepting new patients. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, MD
Board-Certified Dermatologist

P.S. In 2009, the World Health Organization declared that tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation are among the leading cancer risks, as deadly as cigarettes.