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Doctor insights on: Can Sun Tanning Or Tanning Salons Permanently Darken Your Skin

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Tanning (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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My skin exposed to sun is very dark than rest of my body, is it bcz of deficiency of something, any good way to get rid of this tanning.

My skin exposed to sun is very dark than rest of my body, is it bcz of deficiency of something, any good way to get rid of this tanning.

Blame your ancestors: Unless you are taking certain meds, your skin darkens in the sun. Most people enjoy this. Don't become a recluse: get out & live in the world. You can try using a sunscreen-----spf 15 or higher------every morning. ...Read more

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I am an indian and i travel a lot in my bike under the sun because of which my skin is badly tanned.What can I do to reduce this tanning?

Wear sunblock: Wear sunblock with high spf (at least 30). And make sure you apply it to your skin regularly. In addition, wear clothes that will cover your skin and reduce your exposure to the sun. ...Read more

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My dads skin has been getting very dark over the past few months. He is about 60. He does not go tanning or anything out of the ordinary. Cause?

My dads skin has been getting very dark over the past few months. He is about 60. He does not go tanning or anything out of the ordinary. Cause?

Should get checked: IF he is getting dark skin and is not tanning or putting something on to darken the complexion she then should get a work up. I would start with an internist and dermatologist. It may be due to an endocrine issue. There are also some skin presentations of systemic diseases that present as a darkening of the skin ...Read more

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Can I tan in a tanning salon if I am allergic to the sun?

Can I tan in a tanning salon if I am allergic to the sun?

You should NOT: Uncontrolled ultraviolet light from tanning salons can increase your risk of getting a skin cancer, including melanoma, lead to premature aging of the skin, and exacerbate/precipitate some skin conditions. The increased risk of skin cancer has lead the state of california to ban tanning beds for use by anyone younger than 18 years of age. ...Read more

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My face became dark due to sun tanning .Does cosmelan help?

My face became dark due to sun tanning .Does cosmelan help?

Darkness on face: Stop tanning, it will fade! if you are referring to melasma, dark splotches on face, mostly in women, cosmelan can certainly help. ...Read more

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My face became dark after sun tanning. Does cosmelan make me fair?

Cosmelan: Cosmelan® depigmentation treatment action mechanism is based on the inhibition of tyrosinase, a basic enzyme in the melanin formation process. Several of the substances present in the cosmelan® formula act by blocking this enzyme, or even by inverting the metabolic process of the transformation chain. ...Read more

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Is there anyway i can make my skin darker? Without sun beds? Or tanning lotions? I don't want to ruin my skin

Making skin darker: The best (and safest) way to darken the skin is to use tanning lotions or sprays, spray tan, or a product to stain the skin---summers labs makes a great product for this. ...Read more