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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
No: Tanning significantly harms your skin and increases the risk of skin cancers later in life.

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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Not really: Vitiligo is a difficult problem to treat. While many things including tanning solutions have been tried, none of them work very well. Its hard to colo ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Natalie Hodge
25 years experience in Pediatrics
Sure!: Hey, I think this myself. It's a cultural issue. When I see teenage girls who want to be tan in my practice I say Go for it! But be sure and use t ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Tanning: Sun tanning or tanning salons will not permanently darken your skin.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt answered
27 years experience in Family Medicine
With one condition: Only if it has sun screen in it. Most tanning lotion is meant to enhance the sun's tanning effects, not to block it's harmful uv rays that cause burns ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Gibson
Specializes in Dermatology
Tanning beds don't offer a safe alternative to natural sunlight: Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation damages your skin, whether the exposure comes from tanning beds or natural sunlight. This damage increases the ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
40 years experience in Dermatology
BAN TANNING: Indoor tanning is dangerous due to the abundant exposure of ultraviolet radiation. Studies have shown increased risk of skin cancer and premature agi ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
20 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Maybe temporarily: But i would suggest that you see a dermatologist to determine the cause of your hypopigmentation. There are multiple metabolic and immunologic etiol ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
No: A high spf sunscreen can help to prevent sunburn but spray tan will not.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Healthtap doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. Tan in a can is usually safer than sun tanning or using a tanning bed. The latter can incre ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience in Dermatology
Yes!: Yes, tanning beds can be a vector for pubic lice ("crabs"). If the bed is not properly cleaned or towels provided by the salon are not washed in hot w ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
It may: Uv light exposure without protection increases cataract formation. Wear protective eyewear while tanning.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
37 years experience in Pediatrics
Tanning bed unsafe: Tanning bed exposes the skin to UVA and UVB light which increases wrinkling and spotting of skin. Extended exposures can lead to skin damage and skin ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Would not rely: on tanning to kill skin fungus. No
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience in Radiation Oncology
It is not the lotion: It's the sun exposure.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Tighe De Soto
14 years experience in Cosmetic Surgery
You can't: Freckles occur from sun exposure. If you skin is prone to freckling, you will freckle after you've been in the sun (or tanning). The only way to avo ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience in Clinical Psychology
We place such an: Emphasis on skin tone and i respect that it is an issue for you. The best home remedy is to stay neat and clean and happy w/your health. The best th ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience in Adolescent Medicine
Yes: There is often a photosensitivity reaction following tanning that should resolve in a couple of days. It is similar to a mild sunburn. Heat rash wou ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
All tanning beds: Are unhealthy.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Yes make darker: Quite often tanning a scar will make it appear darker for a prolonged period.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Feola
30 years experience in Internal Medicine
R/O T.VERSICOLOR: Tinea Versicolor is a fungal rash that presents in this fashion. You need an exam and discussion of treatment options.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
UV exposure can: Tanning beds expose a person to uv light and uv light is one of the causative factor of skin cancer.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience in Dermatology
Yes: Decrease the chance of getting skin cancer; wrinkling and freckling would also be lessened.
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