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Do tanning beds cause hair loss?

Tanning beds use mainly UVA rays, although some also emit UVB because the addition of UVB is believed to produce a better tan. It is now known however, that UV damages and ages the skin by initiating a molecular cascade that produces reactive forms of oxygen that damage DNA and cell membranes. Some researchers believe it is predominantly UVA exposure that causes melanoma. That said, it does not appear that there is any evidence that tanning beds are directly related to hair loss.

While UVA and UVB rays from tanning beds don’t seem to have a correlation with shedding hair for normal scalps, some studies have indicated that UV radiation can speed up hair loss for those who suffer from androgenic alopecia.  A study published by the University Medical Center Sart Tilman in Belgium notes that men suffering from androgenic alopecia did lose more hair when they consistently exposed their hair and scalp to UV rays, while men who did not have an alopecia diagnosis showed no change during their study.  The scientists believe the effect is from the increased micro-inflammation that UVR exposure causes, which alopecia sufferers may be more sensitive to.

As a precaution, when going outside, make sure to protect your skin by applying sunscreen. If you have a full head of hair, spray suntan lotion at the roots or wear hats to protect your scalp against the harsh sun. It is important to protect your skin from the sun’s rays, as prolonged exposure can increase the risk of skin problems in the future.

If you are planning to visit a tanning salon and use one of their beds, you should always go prepared. One of the most important steps to take is to protect your hair from exposure to the UV rays emitted from the lamps of the tanning bed. UV rays can change the chemical structure of your hair and cause changes in the color. It is especially important to protect your hair if it has been chemically processed. It can make the hair porous and allow for even more dramatic color changes.

If you are suffering from thinning and hair loss, Bosley suggests you visit your physician to rule out causes such as too much sun, or tanning UV exposure.  When medical conditions and other temporary stressors have been ruled out, and you are still seeking treatment solutions, Bosley might be able to help. Bosley offers a private consultation with a counselor and Doctor, at no cost and with no obligation. During the consultation, you will learn which hair loss treatments are available, which are suitable for you, whether it is the Bosley Lasercomb, or hair restoration. Bosley is the industry leader in hair loss solutions, both non-surgical and surgical (hair transplantation), and you can explore our hair loss treatment options at


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