Warning Signs
It doesn't matter if you get your tan from the real sun or indoor tanning beds, learn to recognize the early warning signs of serious skin damage.  The majority of the types of skin cancers are, in fact, curable if it is detected in the earlier stages.  Look for moles, freckles or other skin discolorations and watch them closely for any change in texture, color or appearance.  If you are not sure, consult a doctor trained in skin cancer detection.


You are advised NOT to utilize indoor tanning equipment if:

  • you are under 16
  • you have fair or sensitive skin that burns easily or tans slowly, poorly or not at all
  • you have a history of severe sunburn, especially in childhood
  • you have a large number of freckles and/or red hair OR VERY LIGHT blonde hair
  • you have a large number of moles or lesions
  • you are taking medications or using creams which may sensitize the skin to sunlight, like Retinol, Retin-A & Renova; ask your doctor if unsure (*even some birth control meds cause light sensitivity)
  • you have a medical condition that is worsened by sunlight
  • your family has skin cancer in their medical history.


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