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Q: Is tanning occasionally (1-10 times a year) damaging to my skin?  I don’t burn and have no family history of skin cancer?

-Bothell, WA

A:  Doesn’t matter if you burn or not. The tanning response requires genetic damage to the DNA in your skin cells in order for tanning to happen. Even tanning 10 times a year raises the risk of melanoma by 34%. Tanning also dramatically accelerates the aging process in your skin by completely shutting down collagen production temporarily.

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