As parents it is hard enough to control everything your teenager does, but how about allowing your teen to tan? According to an AAD survey more than 80% of people under the age of 25 said they look better with a tan. One out of three teens say they tan because it "looks healthy."
It is well known these days that indoor tanning greatly increases the risk of skin cancer. It is estimated that 2.3 MILLION teenagers tan at a tanning salon at least once a year. In another 2010 study; People who tan indoors have a 74% increased risk of melanoma compared to those who never tan inside. On top of that statistic the risk of melanoma increases by 11% with just four visits to the tanning bed per year. States have now been issuing parental permission requirements for minors, for Arizona you must have parental consent if you are under the age of 18. California is the first state in the nation to ban use of UV indoor tanning beds for all minors under 18. You can see Tanning Restrictions For Minors-State by state here.
Our skin develops 80% of its sun damage before the age of 18, our young skin is delicate and more susceptible to cellular damage even if is not seen while we are young. The consequences of sun damage develop visibly later on in life. Knowing the facts about how damaging the sun is would you allow your teen to tan?