Kim Kardashian Defends Her Use Of Tanning Beds
Kim Kardashian is defending her use of tanning beds in her SKKN office following backlash met by the mogul for promoting something that causes skin cancer. Just two days after taking part in a viral TikTok trend, the reality star is responding to the critics — something she doesn’t normally do when faced with public outrage. Commenting on her TikTok office tour, one person wrote: “Are tanning beds safe again?????? I’m seeing them everywhere.” Another user wrote, “Wait I’m shocked about the tanning bed.” Someone else added, “She goes in a tanning bed?!??”
Allure magazine called out the mom of four on X (formerly known as Twitter). They wrote: “Please, Kim Kardashian, Don’t Try to Normalize Tanning Beds.” Seeing the magazine’s post, Kim replied on the platform, chalking it up to her psoriasis. “And it really helps when it’s bad. But I don’t use it too often,” she wrote. Although Kim said the treatment helps her skin condition, the National Psoriasis Foundation states they don’t support the use of indoor tanning beds as proper phototherapy treatment. The organization states the “beneficial effect for psoriasis is attributed primarily to UVB light,” which tanning beds don’t emit. Commercial salons emit mostly UVA light, which penetrates more deeply into the skin and plays a greater role in premature skin aging and wrinkles.
Additionally, the National Psoriasis Foundation noted that the FDA, American Academy of Dermatology and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommend people avoid tanning beds regardless if they have psoriasis. “The ultraviolet radiation from tanning beds and sun lamps can damage the skin,” the organization stated. Fifteen years ago, the World Health Organization classified sunbeds as “carcinogenic to humans.” As for her red light bed, according to Healthline, red light therapy is a therapeutic technique that uses low level wavelengths of red light to help treat skin conditions, such as wrinkles and psoriasis. Though the treatment seems promising, more research is needed.
Despite Kardashian’s controversial take on phototherapy with her office tanning beds, she has been candid about her psoriasis struggles over the years. In an essay written for Poosh in 2019, Kim revealed she “physically couldn’t pick up my phone” when she woke up during the night. The next morning, she still couldn’t pick it up or hold her toothbrush. “My hands hurt so badly,” she revealed. Her doctor told her she “probably” has psoriatic arthritis, and hopes her story can “help anyone else with an autoimmune disease feel confident.”