A study that has just appeared in the British Journal of Dermatology has found that one popular cosmetic habit causes psoriasis.
This is quite alarming considering many dermatologists have previously promoted this habit to ease psoriasis symptoms.
The researchers analyzed information already collected by the Nurse’s Health Study II. In total, there were 80,923 participants, all of whom were women.
They were asked about their annual use of tanning beds in high school and college, between ages 25-35, and over the last two years.
For each of these periods, they were asked how often they used tanning beds from zero to more than 24 times per year.
32.4 percent admitted to having 1-2 tanning bed sessions per year, 13.38 percent reported 3-11 annual uses, and 1.7 percent reported more than 12 sessions.
While only 2.3 percent of women reported developing psoriasis, the risk was higher for women who tanned indoors than for women who did not. There was a:
1. 16 percent greater chance for women who tanned indoors once or twice a year.
2. 23 percent greater risk for women who tanned indoors 3-11 times per year.
3. 63 percent increased risk for women who tanned indoors 12 or more times per year.
This is quite alarming, as many dermatologists even prescribe tanning beds to relieve psoriasis symptoms.