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Tanning (Overview)

Tanning refers to attending exposing oneself to the sun, or a tanning salon, for the purpose of darkening the skin, for cosmetic reasons. Occasionally, tanning is for medical reasons to relieve some symptoms of certain skin conditions.


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How can you safely go tanning or use mystic tan?

How can you safely go tanning or use mystic tan?

No: Tanning is not safe and is not recommended for anyone. It increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerates facial and body aging. Sunscreen with titanium and zinc can help protect you from uva and uvb rays, but avoiding sun exposure is best. Spray tanning and tanning lotions are a reasonable alternative to achieve a bronzed look, but they may not be safe for pregnant/ lactating women. ...Read more

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Tanning (Overview)

Tanning refers to attending exposing oneself to the sun, or a tanning salon, for the purpose of darkening the skin, for cosmetic reasons. Occasionally, tanning is for medical reasons to relieve some symptoms of certain skin conditions.


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Can vertiligo be covered ok with tanning solutions.

Can vertiligo be covered ok with tanning solutions.

Not really: Vitiligo is a difficult problem to treat. While many things including tanning solutions have been tried, none of them work very well. It's hard to color skin that is missing the ability to create pigment. Efforts almost always fall short of satisfactory results, especially if large areas of skin are involved. Derm may help some. For some people, the best treatment is to try to bleach the normal skin. ...Read more

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In your opinion does tanning make people appear thinner?

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 the self tanners! They work great to give you the tanned look you want. You can control the color easily. They are inexpensive and you have no tan lines to deal with. Last but not least, you re protecting yourself from deadly skin cancer! ...Read more

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Can you give me advice for my first time tanning please help?

Can you give me advice for my first time tanning please help?

Don't!: This is simple. Don't do it! When I see teenage girls who want to be tan in my practice I say Go for it! But be sure and use the self tanners! They work great to give you the tanned look you want. You can control the color easily. They are inexpensive and you have no tan lines to deal with. Last but not least, you re protecting yourself from deadly skin cancer! ...Read more

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Woke this morning with brown on my handslike was tanning and I wasnot?

Woke this morning with brown on my handslike was tanning and I wasnot?

See your doctor: It is possible to get hand and arm and face hyperpigmentation from taking hormones or having hormonal changes. It is a good idea to have your doctor check this and make sure it is benign and then after a proper diagnosis start laser therapy to decrease the color or bleaching cream. Hope it is easily reversed. ...Read more

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Is it really the case that tanning can positively influence your mental health?

Yes: Tanning, if that means sun, than it should increase vit d and make a positive impact. Tanning if it is to boost looks and feel better than perhaps just temp like a hair do. ...Read more

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I have been taking st. john's wort for about 3-4 months now and starting tanning in a bed. Is that bad?

Tanning: No study says that St Johns wort works and all studies say that tanning is not good for you. The surgeon general of the US just issued a warning about tanning due to the huge increase in skin cancers in the US. I would encourage you to stop both ...Read more

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I was exposed too much to the sun when I was a kid. Is tanning my body the best way to make all my body colour fit?

I was exposed too much to the sun when I was a kid. Is tanning my body the best way to make all my body colour fit?

NO: If your body color is not all one tone, it may be more than just a lot of sun as a kid. More tanning is not the best answer. I would recommend seeing a chinese medicine practitioner as you may simply be out of balance (we all are) and diet changes and some herbs may help restore you.... Over t me... To a more even color all over. ...Read more

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I easily get tanning from sunlight in less than 5 mins. And my friends don't, they always go out in sunlight they don't get as compared to me Help pls?

Suncreen: Even with your dark complexion, you will benefit from wearing a good zinc oxide sunscreen on your face and exposed areas. It will minimize the darkening of your skin as well! ...Read more

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Tanning outdoors for a couple of hours using no protection for 2 days vs. 10 minutes tanning session 3 times per 1week, are they equally harmful or not?

Both harmful: Both will age the skin and put you at higher risk of skin cancer. You should wear sunscreen whenever in the sun and avoid tanning booths. Your skin will thank you. ...Read more

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Is tanning for pregnacy?

Is tanning for pregnacy?

Depends: Natural tanning from sunbathing with sunblock within reason is fine for anyone, including pregnant women. Avoid tanning salons, excessive or unprotected sun exposure and ask your obstetrician for more personalized recommendations. ...Read more

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Ms and tanning?

Ms and tanning?

What about it?: Perhaps you can state your question more clearly. Healthtap is not a search engine. It's a place for asking questions and receiving answers from doctors. Unfortunately none of us is a mind reader and we cannot guess what a person's intent is when they put a couple of words together and a question mark at the end. A question mark at the end of a phrase doesn't turn the phrase into a question. ...Read more

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Bleeding after tanning?

Bloody tan: There is no way to know. Did you blister? Cut yourself? Really burn instead of tan? ...Read more

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How could I rid sun tanning?

Avoid: You can get rid of sun tanning but avoiding the sun or sun tanning beds. Stay in during the hottest times of the day. ...Read more

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Can tanning cover dark spots?

Just less contrast: Tanning is a mistake to try to cover dark spots. The dark spots can also get darker with increased pigment. Tanning just some times makes the contrast less noticeable for a short time. Address the biologic reason for the dark spots. If they are nevi, then tanning can increase the risk of skin cancer. Chemical lighteners or laser can work on certain pigmented areas. Pregnancy hormones can darken. ...Read more

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Will tanning help my psoriasis?

Will tanning help my psoriasis?

Not directly: Psoriasis tends to do better with sun exposure as the UV radiation is therapeutic to psoriasis. That is why ultraviolet light treatments are used in psoriasis ...Read more

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Can you get cysts from tanning?

Can you get cysts from tanning?

Blister vs cyst: Tanning can cause burns that may lead to skin blistering. Would not anticipate development of cyst from tanning. However, please note that tanning can be very damaging to skin and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. A tan from a can is fine — but other forms of tanning (sun or tanning bed) are not recommended. ...Read more