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Tanning outdoors for a couple of hours using no protection for 2 days vs. 10 minutes tanning session 3 times per 1week, are they equally harmful or not?

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Dr. Diane Minich answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Both harmful: Both will age the skin and put you at higher risk of skin cancer. You should wear sunscreen whenever in the sun and avoid tanning booths. Your skin will thank you.

Answered 3/9/2014

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Dr. Vicki Levine answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Different types rays: It is hard to compare sunlight to the light you receive from a tanning salon since sunlight has both ultraviolet light a and b. Tanning salons only release ultraviolet light a. Ultraviolet light a is more dangerous since it is more deeply penetrating.

Answered 3/9/2014

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