SOURCE: Dr. Wakitha Griffin
ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - Aug 20, 2012) - WebMD reports that, according to a new study, nearly one in five uses of indoor tanning beds results in burning or redness among college freshmen and sophomores. Dr. Wakitha Griffin, a dermatologist, understands the danger of indoor tanning techniques and is urging women to skip the tanning bed and opt for safer bronzing methods.
The study analyzed the tanning diaries of 198 women enrolled in college. These diaries, which were kept online, were filed six times over a 12 week time frame. The study spanned between January and March, which are peak tanning months due to the colder weather.
In total, 1,429 indoor tanning sessions were reported over the course of the study. Each of these sessions lasted an approximate 14 minutes. Additionally, nearly 75 percent of the women who engaged in indoor tanning did not wear any protective clothing during their sessions and 39 percent failed to protect their eyes with goggles. Ultimately, one in five of these sessions resulted in burn or redness. But even if burn is not present, the skin is damaged.
"Most tanning booths claim to be safe because they emit UVA rays instead of UVB rays, as UVA rays do not burn the skin," asserts Dr. Wakitha Griffin. "However, these same rays, although they do not burn the skin, are responsible for deep dermal damage that, over time, contributes to wrinkles and skin cancer. By definition, tanned skin is damaged skin."
The study concludes that tanning has become an important part of life for many women in this age group. As such, it is unlikely that individuals who use indoor tanning facilities will stop doing so. The study's researchers believe that educating them pertaining to the importance of not burning during these sessions may be more effective than simply explaining the dangers that indoor tanning presents.
While Dr. Griffin agrees that focusing on safe tanning is better than not educating these women, she also believes that the healthier alternatives are convenient and easy to use, making them prime candidates to replace indoor tanning practices.
Instead of tanning beds, Dr. Griffin encourages women to create a bronzer look by using safer alternatives to UV rays. Self tanners, which come in several different forms, can create a glow without damaging the skin if used correctly. Because these tanners are available as lotions, gels, wipes, sprays, and other products, they can fit the needs of virtually any women who want a tan. Additionally, tinted lotions are a wonderful, UV-free option for women who want to darken their complexion.
Wakitha Griffin, a dermatologist, leads a practice in the State of Georgia. Dr. Wakitha Griffin offers healthcare services that assist her patients in detecting, preventing, and treating dermatological injuries and illnesses. Furthermore, Dr. Wakitha Griffin provides individualized care based upon researched diagnostic procedures and personalized treatment strategies. Through her work, she contributes to the success of the medical community.