Shocking pictures show the damage caused by sunbeds that have left these women with dark bloody scabs and gaping holes in their faces.
These former tanning addicts have bravely come forward to show how abusing sunbeds has left them with permanent damage to their skin.
Sunbeds use remains popular across Britain – despite the widely accepted risks posed to those who use them regularly.
Around 16,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the UK every year and six Brits die from it every day.
Since 2010 it’s been illegal for those under 18 to use sunbeds in Britain, but many thousands of impressionable young women still use them on a daily basis.
Tawny Willoughby, from Alamaba, USA, is one of those who have been badly affected by years of excessive use.
In a selfie on Facebook, she wrote : “This is what skin-cancer treatment can look like.
“If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go!
“Wear sunscreen and get a spray tan. Learn from other people’s mistakes. Don’t let tanning prevent you from seeing your children grow up. That’s my biggest fear now that I have a two-year-old little boy of my own.”
More than 50,000 people shared Tawny’s post on social media.
In another shocking case, nurse Jade Thrasher revealed how she developed cancer after using sun beds when she was just 13-years-old.
She had three 20-minute sessions a week for 11 years and said much of her use stemmed from peer pressure.
She got her own tanning bed after becoming obsessed with have darker skin for her wedding.
But after noticing a spot on her nose which kept bursting and wouldn’t heal, a biopsy revealed she had cancer when she was just 24 years old.
Surgeons had to cut out a circle the size of a five pence piece from above her right nostril.
Luckily she made a full recovery, but has since sworn off sunbeds for good, and is speaking out to warn to other youngsters that being bronzed is simply not worth it.
“I want teenagers to see the photo of the hole in my nose so that they know what could happen,” says Jade, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I used to have a sunbed in my house, but I’ve thrown it in the trash. I didn’t want to sell it, because I didn’t want anybody else to go through what I went through.”
Tanning enthusiast Kory Feltz regularly tanned herself from the age of 13 following jeers about her pale skin.
The resident of Huntingdon Beach, California, went on to use sunbeds three times a week and burnt her skin to create a base tan
She admits she rarely applied sun lotion during her tanning sessions.
In October 2015 she noticed a small lump on her lip, which she first assumed was a spot.
The 40-year-old was booked in with a plastic surgeon to have the squamous lump frozen and removed, but the procedure proved harder than intended and cancer remained in her body after the removal.
Kory has since had two corrective surgeries on the bottom of her nose and the corner of her lip cut to give it greater mobility.
“I knew it was bad when I noticed little mobility in my mouth while trying to ask the nurse if I looked like Kylie Jenner,” Kory said.
“Her facial expression to that question led me to the conclusion that it wasn’t good.”
Lisa Pace (above) was first diagnosed with melanoma in 2000 aged just 23, reports the Sun.
Her addiction began in high school and soon spiralled out of control.
But a routine health check led to her seeing a dermatologist and a devastating cancer diagnosis.
Lisa has now needed a shocking 86 surgeries to contain her persistent skin cancer with a “huge amount” of skin taken from her thigh and calf.
According to Cancer Research UK an estimated 86% of melanomas in the UK (around 11,500 cases) every year are linked to too much exposure to sunlight and sunbed use.
The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer lists UV tanning beds in its highest cancer risk category – alongside cigarettes and asbestos.