TANOREXIA: UV RAYS ACTIVATE BRAIN’S ADDICTIVE RESPONSE
(9/11 World News with Diane Sawyer-ABC). The dangers of tanning are well known, yet millions of people still expose their skin to sunlight. Now scientists think they know why. On ABC, a patient explains that even though she has been diagnosed with skin cancer five times, she still has dreams about tanning. She said that she feels the need to tan daily, and feels like she is going into withdrawals if she doesn’t. This woman believes that she is afflicted with “TANOREXIA” – A sun tan addiction. For several years, researchers have seen sun-tanners exhibit similar behavior to alcoholics and drug addicts. Now researchers have peered into tanners brains and have proof of actual addiction that operates the same as any other serious true addiction.
THE MESSAGE HERE WOULD BE TO BE VIGILANT ABOUT CHILDREN’S’ EARLY AND REPEATED EXPOSURE TO ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCES- WHETHER IT BE TANNING BEDS, ALCOHOL, NICOTINE OR OTHER ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCES.
At DSA Dermatology, we bring to you the best of not one but three leading dermatologists in Plano TX, Dr. Daniel S. Achtman, Dr. Carmine G. McConnell and Dr. Jordan. Achtman.
Dr. Achtman is a board-certified Dermatologist with over three decades of experience. Having graduated from the medical school of McMaster University, he also studied at the UTSW Medical Center in Dallas, TX where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Dermatology. In addition to possessing extensive training and experience in cosmetic enhancement techniques, Dr. Achtman is widely known as a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of various skin cancers. He is an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Achtman goes the extra mile to understand your medical concerns and to ensure that he helps you meet your unique aesthetic goals.
Dr. Carmine G. McConnell is a board-certified physician in Plano TX. Having been trained at McMaster University, Canada, she went on to earn her board certification in Texas. Having served as Chief of Staff of her department at Plano Medical Center, she has over two decades of experience in practicing medicine in her practice and while assisting Dr. Achtman in the practice of dermatology. In addition to her extensive postgraduate training in laser therapy and aesthetic surgery, among other procedures, she possesses vast experience in both cosmetic dermatological techniques and family medicine. As a conscientious and caring physician, Dr. McConnell provides her patients with customized non-surgical treatments to help address health and aesthetic concerns related to the skin. She is also keen on helping patients understand their skin and how it can be cared for and protected.
Dr. Jordan Achtman is a board-certified dermatologist in DSA Dermatology at Plano, TX. Dr. J. Achtman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern. His expertise spans general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. J. Achtman also has various special interests including chronic itch, infectious diseases of the skin, and the relationship between mental health and skin health. He is also very keen on helping patients form healthy skincare regimens and habits. In the hands of Dr. J. Achtman, you can be assured of innovative and cutting edge solutions for all your skin concerns.