Can self-tanners lead to skin cancer?

While tanned skin has often been thought of as a symbol of good looks and health, this couldn’t be further from the tooth. A tan is actually a sign of skin cell damage. This damage can greatly increase one’s risk of developing skin cancer and experiencing accelerated skin aging. This makes it a poor choice. However, many men and women still want to have the look of tanned skin without exposing themselves to harmful UV rays from the sun or tanning beds. This is when the team at the Skin and Beauty Center will recommend the use of self-tanners.

What are self-tanners?

Self-tanners are products available at local drugstores that can be used to give a tan color to the skin without requiring dangerous sun exposure. Self-tanners may include sprays and lotion, and can provide the look without sunbathing or tanning bed use. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the use of self-tanners as a safe and affordable alternative. These over-the-counter products are applied directly on the skin and can result in controlled darkening. Self-tanners are not a replacement for sunblock as they do not provide any protection from UVA or UVB rays from the sun.

What about spray tans?

Many cosmetic offices offer spray-tanning, which is another self-tanning option for patients who want a professional result. Spray-tanning is a controlled application that is completed by an individual who is well-trained in ensuring natural-looking and long-lasting results.

Are self-tanners safe?

The US Food and Drug Administration ensures that these self-tanning products are a safe alternative to tanning bed use and sunbathing. Patients can apply the products as needed to maintain the color of tanned skin without the risks.

Learn more about skin cancer at the Skin and Beauty Center

If you are interested in working with a team of professionals to discuss skin protection and cancer diagnosis, we welcome you to book an appointment at any one of our six convenient locations. We invite new patients and families to work with our doctors to make smart choices regarding their skin’s health and wellness. Our team offers cosmetic, medical, and surgical dermatology solutions.

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