I just came across this on a medical site! It was posted on the 22nd July 2008!
People who suffer from skin disorders, such as psoriasis, are advised not to use sunbeds in the hope it will improve their condition, according to the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD).
Nina Goad of the BAD explained that while hospitals use UV treatment for specific skin diseases including psoriasis, this is utilised in a carefully controlled environment and is not the same as a sunbed.
According to the Psoriasis Association, research has shown that 80 per cent of people with the condition notice an improvement in their skin after being in the sun.
However, experts emphasise that only UVA and UVB rays benefit psoriasis patients by slowing down the multiplication of skin cells.
"Using a sunbed is not the way to tackle a skin disorder – in fact, doing so just puts you at greater risk of developing skin cancer," she warned.
"Sunbeds not only increase the risk of skin cancer but also lead to skin ageing, such as wrinkles and a leathery complexion. In this respect, they will worsen your skin in the long-term, not improve it."
Earlier this month, the European Commission approved a 50mg once-weekly dosage of etanercept (Enbrel) as an alternative to the existing 25mg twice-weekly treatment for patients with moderate to severe psoriasis.......
NOT GOOD NEWS FOLKS - ACTUALLY NOT EVEN NEWS - I THINK WE ALREADY KNEW THIS!