Does Tanning Really Lead to Skin Cancer?

Sadly, the answer is yes, yes and yes.  The lighter your skin type, the more likely you are to develop skin cancer with tanning and this includes “indoor” tanning.  


But, even naturally darker skin types can get skin cancer with over-doing it.  Not to mention ……..all those wrinkles and the sagging.   Those wrinkles at the tops of the knees?  Mostly due to tanning the thighs.   See some fun, fashionable sun protective clothing at and use zinc sunscreens with at least 7-20%.


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Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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Hi, I’m Dr. Irwin. I believe that consumers deserve a medically trained and unbiased skin care advocate.

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