Is Tanning An Addiction?

Yes, according to the findings recently published in the Journal of Addiction Biology.  People who regularly use tanning beds experience changes in brain activity that mimic patterns of drug addiction.  The study’s author, Dr. Byron Adinoff, a psychiatry professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, explains that several parts of the brain that play a role in addiction were activated when the subjects were exposed to UV rays.

“What this shows is that the brain is in fact responding to UV light and it responds in areas that are associated with reward.  These are areas, particularly the striatum, that we see activated when someone is administered a drug or high-value food like sugar”, Dr. Adinoff states.  He continues to state that the research suggests that some people appear addicted to tanning, a finding bolstered by the fact that many long-term tanners have a difficult time stopping or even cutting back on their sessions under the tanning bed.

My thoughts:  self-tanning lotions are not addictive, are safe and look attractive, if tan is a look you’re going for.

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