Unfortunately the answer to that question is 'yes'. Skin burned by the sun or a tanning bed is permanently damaged. Every time your skin gets burned, skin cells are damaged and the body has to repair that damage. The more often and deeper the skin gets burned, the more serious the damage and the bigger the risk the damage cannot be repaired successfully. These damaged cells are a type of scars deep in the skin which, in the long run, may give rise to skin cancer.