Do you believe sunbeds are safe?

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Anonymous  ·  17 Dec 2007
In moderation I think sunbeds are O.K. Obviously you should never stay on them long enough to burn. Sun burn from sunbeds or the sun is dangerous and causes skin cancer. Don't forget however that sunlight and vitamin D our body makes from it is essential to humans and PREVENTS skin cancer. So some sun (without sun protection) is essential.
 

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Anonymous  ·  08 Oct 2004
I have tanned skin and it's certainly not leathery. I think 6 mins a week in a controlled environment is bound to be better than exposing your skin to the sun and weather working outside
 

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Anonymous  ·  08 Oct 2004
Use a sunbed and the roast is history!
 

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Anonymous  ·  28 Aug 2003
could you tell me if using a sunbed for 6 minutes every week is bad for your skin

If it is then is this worse than working out in the sunshine for the day without using any suncream
 

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Anonymous  ·  07 Aug 2003
I am in the same boat fionah. Other people have a problem with my paleness not me. I fake it sometimes, others times I choose not to because I think I look good either way.
 

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fionah  ·  06 Aug 2003
I am a blue-eyed redhead with very fair skin. I do enjoy sunshine, but with the protection of suncream and a hat, and I would never use a sunbed. A few years ago, when we were due to go on holiday, a friend tried to persuade me to use a sunbed to "build up a base colour". Whenever the sun comes out, I get constant queries about why I am not out getting a tan. I have no problem with my pale skin, but other people seem to! The plus side is that I am in my 30s but most people think I am about 25. I certainly wouldn't swap that for leathery sunbed skin.
 

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Anonymous  ·  05 Aug 2003
Well considering arrived into work after a sunny bank holiuday to be treated to 'The invasion of the pink people' by several peopel who lay out in the sun and roasted their pale skins for God knows how many hours. Surely 10 minutes na controlled environment is better than that.
 

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Anonymous  ·  05 Aug 2003
The UVA in sunbeds is not the same as that used in the treatment of psorasis. It is called PUVA and is only used in extreme cases. Psorasis sufferers should not use sunbeds.

Also what do you think of those parents hiring sunbeds for their kids for their communion?
 

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Anonymous  ·  31 Jul 2003
I heard that walking from your house to your car, whether or not the sun is out, you are damaging your skin. I use sunbeds in moderation, never more than 10 sessions at a time, every couple of years when an important occasion is coming up (my own and my sister's wedding). It may be vanity but everyone tells me how great I look in the photos.
I don't smoke, I rarely drink and I eat well. I believe that excessive use of sunbeds cannot be good but if used in moderation, like everything, the adverse effects are minimal and the positive effects cannot be underestimated (improved skin condition, better self esteem).
 

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Anonymous  ·  30 Jul 2003
The positive benefits of UVA in the treatment of psoriasis are well known. The alternative is the application of large amounts of medications that include coal tar. While the long term effects of moderate UV exposure are unclear, so are the effects of a lifetime of administration on chemicals to the skin.
Clearly the excessive use of sunbeds to attain a tan is a different issue
 

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ruth (ruthyphil)  ·  30 Jul 2003
People should be made aware of the very real threat of skin cancer as a result of sun bed use. Many sun bed outlets do not provide sufficient information on the threat of skin cancer to those using their tanning devices.

Sun beds are designed to produce a tan mainly through UVA radiation. In the past, it was thought that UVA was a safe form of radiation and that a sun bed tan was a ‘safe’ tan. Now we know that UVA can cause skin cancer as well as ageing the skin, and is just as damaging as sunlight. There is no such thing as a ‘safe’ tanning method, and people should be aware of this. Particularly at risk are people with pale or freckled skin, fair hair or a large number of moles.

Many Irish people believe that getting a ‘base tan’ before going away on holidays, or at the start of the summer, will protect their skin from damage. This is not true. According to dermatologists who advise the Irish Cancer Society, tanned skin is damaged skin, whether it is obtained through sun bed use or by sunbathing on the beach.

Ruth Phillips, Irish Cancer Society
 

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mairin1  ·  30 Jul 2003
I understand the arguement that sunlight is good for you even if it is fake sun and the arguement that it can help psoraisis etc. that does not however stand up against the hundreds, if not thousands of health care professionals and cancer specialists who believe that no one under no circumstances should be exposing their skin to uv rays in this way. Regardless of how many beauticians have them in their shops or try to tell us the benefits, I am going to believe what doctors and specialists with no vested interest tell me. Beautians and people who want sell time in them, are tyring to make money out of you. Believe the doctors.
I would not be at all suprised if at some point in the future we see law suits against such businesses similar to those taken against the tobacco and fast food industries.
 

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Anonymous  ·  30 Jul 2003
4 - 6 minut4es on a sunbed is well known to have a positivre affect on psoraisis and mimics the affect of natural sunlight in terms of mood disorders and seratonin uptake. Besides, how many people go abraod on holiday or even go out in the reare irish sunshine and toast themselves. Surely controlled exposure is better. Of course there will always be people who abuse it but that's human nature
 

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Anonymous  ·  30 Jul 2003
I worked in a store which had a sunbed in it and the majority of people who used them were women and strangely enough when the weather was sunny the bed's were full all the time and when it rained it was slow.People are doing sunbed's from a vanity point of view to have the healthy look but at what long term cost's to the skin, only time will tell.
 

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Anonymous  ·  30 Jul 2003
As I said, this was only my second time EVER on a sunbed and I have never been on one since, I certainly don't abuse them! Maybe its just unlucky I had a bad experience - however, if something like this could happen to me after two sessions, what damage could long term constant use do? I shudder to think!
 

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mairin1  ·  30 Jul 2003
"a few sessions once or twice a year can't do much harm." I'd love you to find a doctor who agrees with that statement. 1 or 2 a week for how many weeks combined with real sun rays all add up
 

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Anonymous  ·  30 Jul 2003
How could they be safe? They have the same effect as the sun and use dangerous UV rays. Everyone knows that it isn't safe to sunbathe without sunfilter so why would you expose yourself on a sunbed?
 

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Anonymous  ·  30 Jul 2003
If they are that dangerous how are beauty salons etc aloud leave them in there shops.
Like anything if you abuse them they probably are, a few sessions once or twice a year can't do much harm.
 

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Anonymous  ·  29 Jul 2003
The choice is yours - hide your tan, or tan your hide!
 

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Anonymous  ·  29 Jul 2003
I once used a sunbed (the lie down type) and on my second session I was on for no more than 2 or 3 minutes and I received second degree burns and went into shock. It took several days of my doctor visiting me at home to give me injections before I recovered - never, ever, again.
 
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