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7 Beauty Trends that Are Bad for Your HealthThroughout history, women and men have gone to extreme lengths to look good. Sometimes even at the cost of their health.
The same quest for beauty exists today. Take a look at 7 beauty trends that aren't so good for your health.
TanningSlide 2 of 15
TanningDespite the serious health risks linked with indoor tanning, many Americans, particularly teens, still sit under sunlamps and tanning beds to get a bronzed look, according to a recent study.
Indoor tanning beds and sunlamps emits ultraviolet (UV) radiation that can damage the skin, which can lead to premature skin aging, skin burns, eye damage and skin cancer.
Nearly 28 million people tan indoors in the United States annually, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Of these, 2.3 million are teens.
Moreover, frequent exposure to UV light may lead to an addiction to tanning. A 2010 study in the journal Clinical and Experimental Dermatology found that females, and those who are start tanning at a younger age may be particularly vulnerable to developing a compulsive desire to tan.Slide 3 of 15
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Braids and weavesGetting braids or a weave may contribute to permanent hair loss in African-American women, according to a 2011 study published in the Archives of Dermatology.
This type of hair loss, called central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, occurs on the crown and can spread throughout the scalp.
Researchers surveyed 326 African-American women about their family and medical histories, and their hair-grooming habits. Dermatologists then performed a scalp examination to grade the women's hair loss.
They found that nearly 60 percent of the women showed signs of advanced hair loss.
Braids and weaves are common hair treatments in the African-American community, researchers said. The treatments can be expensive, so they may be left in "for weeks or months at a time to justify the money spent," researchers wrote in the study.Slide 5 of 15
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TattoosThe number of tattoos a person gets is linked to an increased risk of Hepatitis C, a 2010 study suggested. Especially if the needle used to create your tattoo is contaminated with infected blood.
Hepatitis C is caused by a virus that attacks and inflames the liver, which can lead to cirrhosis, or scarring, of the liver tissue, liver cancer and liver failure, according to the Mayo Clinic.
People who get tattoos are also prone to skin infections, causing redness, swelling and pain.
Moreover, tattoo dyes that are red, green, yellow and blue can cause allergic skin reactions, such as an itchy rash at the tattoo site.Slide 7 of 15
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