According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization, ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds, tanning booths and sun lamps are known carcinogens (cancer-causing substances). Exposure to UV radiation during indoor tanning has been linked to an increase the risk of all skin cancers, including melanoma, squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas. In fact, the risk of melanoma increases by 75 percent when indoor tanning devices are used before the age of 30. The UV radiation during indoor tanning also leads to premature aging from wrinkling, discoloration of the skin and immune suppression.

Therefore, the recreational use of tanning beds, tanning booths and sun lamps is not recommended by dermatologists.