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The benefits and risks of ultraviolet tanning and its alternatives: the role of prudent sun exposure.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Dermatologic Clinics
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
27
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.det.2008.11.008
Source
Sivamani Lab - UC Davis dermatology-ucdavis
License
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Abstract

Sunlight- and indoor ultraviolet (UV)-induced tanning is a common behavior, especially among adolescents, young adults, and individuals who have lighter skin. Excessive sun exposure is associated with several health risks, including the acceleration of skin aging and the promotion of skin cancers. Several health benefits of UV exposure include vitamin D production and improved mood. This article analyzes these health risks and benefits and discusses pertinent issues surrounding indoor tanning, the role of sunless tanning products, and prudent sun exposure.

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