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

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

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What to do if I have problem is I have very fair skin and when I tan in the sun I burn quick and easy. what would happen if I go tanning in a booth?

What to do if I have problem is I have very fair skin and when I tan in the sun I burn quick and easy. what would happen if I go tanning in a booth?

Similar effect: If you normally burn easily with natural sunlight, you would probably have the same experience with a tanning light. Explore sunless tanners, they are much safer. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I know the extreme risks in using a tanning bed at a salon, but is there a safe time where i would not be as prone to cancer? I am brunette, with fair skin and light eyes, and in sunlight i burn first then tan, female age 34.

I know the extreme risks in using a tanning bed at a salon, but is there a safe time where i would not be as prone to cancer? I am brunette, with fair skin and light eyes, and in sunlight i burn first then tan, female age 34.

No : No there is no safe time. Excessive uv exposure incrementally increase the risk for skin cancer. From your description you have a fitzpatrick skin classification of one to two which places you at greater risk for cancer from sun exposure. You should be using a sunblock with 45+ spf rating while outdoors and consider make-up with sunblock built in. Additionally, you should be having routine skin exams by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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By tanning in the sun, is it possible that the heat burns fat cells beneath the skin?

By tanning in the sun, is it possible that the heat burns fat cells beneath the skin?

No: There may be a slight increase in metabolism, but the sun does not penetrate to the fat layer. The damage to your skin from the ultraviolet light is not worth it in the long term! ...Read more

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Could sun-tanning cause skin cancer and melanoma?

Could sun-tanning cause skin cancer and melanoma?

Yes yes yes!!!: I will admit there are few things lovelier than a well tanned female body but in the end, a tan is a response to injury and ultimately not good for you. Sun exposure will increase the risk for skin cancers of all types, including the potentially deadly melanoma. It will also cause premature skin aging. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure (and tanning beds as well). Best to you. ...Read more

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Can sun-tanning cause skin cancer and melanoma? Any answers appreciated!

Can sun-tanning cause skin cancer and melanoma? Any answers appreciated!

Yes & Yes.: This is why it is so important to protect your skin at all times. ...Read more

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I have red dots on my skin after some bad sun burn but they don't look bad, I've never been in a tanning bed, could they be dangerous?

I have red dots on my skin after some bad sun burn but they don't look bad, I've never been in a tanning bed, could they be dangerous?

No, not dangerous: Red dots that appear in the exposed area after a severe sunburn are not dangerous, and if they represent capillary damage they will fade in a week or so (depending on the degree of injury). If they last longer they could be cherry angiomas, another benign condition. ...Read more

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How much sun exposure would it take for someone to get skin cancer. I went sun tanning for the first time in a long time and I am a bit concerned?

How much sun exposure would it take for someone to get skin cancer. I went sun tanning for the first time in a long time and I am a bit concerned?

Hard to say: There are different susceptibilities with differing skin types & genetic backgrounds. There is clear data suggesting more risk with sunburns before the age of 21 than in later life. At this point we just recommend people be realistic. Tanning booths are a cosmetic aid that feeds your perception of what looks good.Their risks are known. A yearly physical including skin exam is a worthwhile tradeoff ...Read more

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Is it bad if I go tanning in a tanning bed for 10 minutes once a week (i don't burn easily) since I barely stay out in the sun (cancer wise/skin wise)?

Tanning beds: One study showed that the people who had used a tanning bed, tanning booth, or sun lamp were 2.5 times more likely to develop the squamous type of cancer while the increase of basal cancer was 1.5 times greater when compared to those without cancer. The use of tanning beds increases the incidence of melanoma by 74%. Do not start using a tanning bed or you will be sorry. ...Read more

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Dermatology: does a sun tan lotion, with an SPF 6, allow for tanning and wards off damaging premature skin aging when applied frequently enough?

Dermatology: does a sun tan lotion, with an SPF 6, allow for tanning and wards off damaging premature skin aging when applied frequently enough?

Nope: Suntan is actually a sign of sun damage. You don't have to burn to have damage, although burning does increase your risk of skin cancers even more. You need an SPF of 30 or higher reapplied every 2 hours to ward off premature aging! ...Read more

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What is most likely the lowest SPF sun tanning lotion one can use to prevent skin cancer and still obtain a tan for people with light colored skin?

What is most likely the lowest SPF sun tanning lotion one can use to prevent skin cancer and still obtain a tan for people with light colored skin?

Spray tan: If you really feel the need for a tan, use a spray tan and don't skimp on protecting your skin from UV radiation. If you have light skin, you likely burn easily and are at a higher risk as is. ...Read more

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How can I darken a region of lighter skin on my chest? I once had tinea versicolor but doctors determined the fungus to be gone. Is tanning ok?

I wouldn't try: This post-inflammatory pigmentation is to be expected. Exposing your skin to ultraviolet will age it faster than it needs to happen, and risks cancer down the road. Messing around with darkeners like permanganate is more likely to leave a mess. In real life, there are no movie-star-perfect bodies, and nobody cares. At your age, like any other, looks are 95% about fitness. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I recently started tanning. I have fair skin during and even hours after tanning i get these pin pricks all over my body some with small bumbs.

Conscience: Tanning is never recommended. A tan is sun damage to the skin and causes loss of elasticity, sagging, as well as increasing your risk for skin cancers which are highly unattractive. Don't tan, whether under the sun or in a tanning booth. ...Read more

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My skin rashed upafter going to a tanning bed?

Happy Skin: Skin is the major protection of our delicate internal tissues from a harsh environment, it is susceptible to injury itself. Sun, shaving and chemicals are very irritating as well as constant exposure to moisture reduces protective skin oils and sets the skin up for injury. The trick is to apply good protective skin cream frequently and minimize ongoing damage. Clean it often using gentle means. ...Read more