Skin cancer, wrinkles, aging, freckles, and skin discoloration are just some of the scary side effects of tanning beds, but now you can add infection from fecal matter to the list. A recent study published in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology found that tanning beds commonly harbor staph bacteria, the same bacteria found in fecal matter.
The study analyzed beds in 10 tanning salons, some of which explicitly stated that they clean the beds between use, but staph bacteria was found in all 10 beds. Tanning bed hygiene is an oft-forgot risk of going under the lamp, especially amidst bigger concerns over skin cancer and aging, but this study indicates that we should be just as concerned with avoiding infection. Sweaty, often naked users pile into the tanning beds one after another, leaving bacteria that can cause infection if exposed to scratched or cut skin.
We’d like to think that research on UV rays and skin cancer are enough to keep people away from sunbeds, but many still head under the lamp for a “base tan” and to keep a sunkissed look year round. If you’re not completely put off by this newest discovery, check out our gallery of pretty, pale actresses who convince us that you don’t need a tan to look great, even in the summer.
via New York Times