Can Tanning Damage Internal Organs?
Almost every year since 1987, when we opened Tan Plus, someone asks us if you
can fry your insides in a tanning unit. Their question is based on a story they
had heard that goes something like this:
The day before her wedding a woman needs to achieve a quick suntan. She spends
the day going from one tanning salon to another doing 30 minute sessions in
each one. She was later admitted to a hospital and died as a result of her
internal organs being cooked.
There may be variations of the story but, in every case, the person referring to
the story doesen't seem to know the victims name (it is always a friend of a
friend, etc.), the hospital where she was admitted, or even the town or city
where the incident took place. The reason they don't know this is because
"cooking your insides" from a tanning unit is a myth... it never happened.
While excessive tanning exposure can result in long-term skin damage, it is not
possible for UV exposures to "cook" ones insides, no matter how long or how
much you tan. Just think, if “frying your internal organs” was a natural effect of exposure to uv, there would be no beaches or sundecks. In fact, there would be no life on earth since the sun and uv light is the
source of all energy and life on the planet.
Indoor tanning represents a controlled method of obtaining a cosmetic tan. The
tanning process occurs primarily within the outer layer (epidermis) of the
skin. Sunlamps use a combination of UVB and UVA rays. A minimal amount of UVB
is used to stimulate the production of melanin, while the UVA portion oxidizes
(darkens) the rising pigment. UVB, being the shorter wavelength of the two,
only offers enough energy to penetrate the epidermis. The UVA wavelength is
longer and can penetrate through the epidermis and into the dermis (second
layer of skin), with some migration into the subcutaneous (third) layer of
skin. There isn't enough energy produced by these wavelengths to penetrate any
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