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I'm taking 1000mg of metformin everyday. Can I go in a tanning bed? I've been tanning on and off for 20 years.

I'm taking 1000mg of metformin everyday. Can I go in a tanning bed? I've been tanning on and off for 20 years.

No problem: I have never heard of a problem with tanning while on metformin. There are some other medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight, or uv light, but not metformin.

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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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Is it a bad idea to go in a tanning bed naked? I've been debating whether or not to, but I can't decide. I'd at least like to without a bra on?

Is it a bad idea to go in a tanning bed naked? I've been debating whether or not to, but I can't decide. I'd at least like to without a bra on?

Tanning Bed: One tanning bed treatment increases the incidence of melanoma by 20%. Frequent exposure to tanning beds before 35 increases the incidence of melanoma 85 times. If you want to protect your skin, you will not go to the tanning bed.

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Is it bad for you to go in a tanning bed every day?

Is it bad for you to go in a tanning bed every day?

Yes it is: Tanning beds produce radiation which is harmful to your skin as it will cause wrinkling and increases the risk of skin cancer. Many young woem are developing melanoma, a deadly type of cancer, caused by tanning beds.

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Do you think I can go in a tanning bed if I'm on acne prescription?

Do you think I can go in a tanning bed if I'm on acne prescription?

Tanning beds: Are an unnecessary risk for skin cancer. Beyond that - it depends on which acne medication you are referring to.

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Can you tell me if I could go in a tanning bed if I'm on acne prescription?

Bad idea: Tanning beds aren't the best in the first place; they'll age your skin and put you at risk for cancer down the road. If you're on a tetracycline it's likely to be a photosensitizer, and if you're on Isotretinoin it's an even worse idea. Please find something else you enjoy and do it instead.

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My skin rashed upafter going to a tanning bed?

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.

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I started going to the tanning bed and I got this bump? V

Have it evaluated: There are several possible answers to what this might be and even if it is related. It could be an infecdtion or a skin growth., even a tumor. Have it evaluated by your dermatologist.

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Had my appendix tooken out two weeks ago, can I go to a tanning bed? If not, when can I go?

Visible scar: A tanning bed is more likely to contrast the difference in pigmentation between your scar and surrounding skin. While a scar initially can look pink, over time it fades. Once that happens, you can consider a safe form of tanning.

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Will going in a tanning bed help me with my seasonal affective disorder?

Will going in a tanning bed help me with my seasonal affective disorder?

Bad idea: There is a much safer way to treat seasonal depression. Only your eyeballs need the light, and they need it on schedule every morning. A light box that delivers at least 10, 000 lux for at least 20 minutes each morning through fall and winter is a much safer, and more effective, way to treat seasonal affective disorder that doesn't increase risk of skin cancer.

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I've been going to the tanning bed, once a week and my skin startin to dry out and peel. Lotion doesn't help. Why is this happening?

Medium-well: Possibly you are over-doing the voluntary self-baking. Keep in mind that your skin tells you the limits of your short term tolerance. You need to take a break from the tanning bed, moisturize--possibly more than once daily--and consider the long-term skin cancer risk from excess exposure to uv radiation.

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I am a 23 year old woman, I have been going to the tanning bed once a week and I noticed my skin drying out and peeling, should I stop going?

Yes: 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.

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Dry patch on upper eyelids. I peel flakes off, comes back next day. Went away with tanning bed, but stopped going. How to make it go away permanently?

Hold off on products: Sometimes this can be a skin reaction to make up or other skin products. If you use make up or cleansers in the area, try using nothing for at least a week. If the dry patch continues, see your doctor.

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How dangerous is tanning in a tanning bed?

How dangerous is tanning in a tanning bed?

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 cancer. Here is an article from the Centers for Disease Control: https://www. Cdc. Gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/indoor_tanning. Htm

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I'm going on a tropical vacation in 4 weeks. I am very fair skinned. Should I go to a tanning bed before my trip to get a "base"?

No: The potential damage to your skin isn't worth it. Use good skin protection while on your vacation to reduce the risk of sunburn. You are probably aware that skin cancer is a higher risk for fair-skinned people, so excess exposure from tanning beds or sunlight are generally discouraged.

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Does tanning bed cause cancer?

Does tanning bed cause cancer?

UV exposure can: Tanning beds expose a person to uv light and uv light is one of the causative factor of skin cancer.

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How come tanning bed burns my skin?

How come tanning bed burns my skin?

Tanning bed burns: Causes of tanning bed burns include: taking medicates that make you sun sensitive, a genetic makeup that makes you sun sensitive, skin diseases like lupus that make you sun sensitive, too long of a treatment in the tanning bed. Use of tanning beds increases the incidence of melanoma, a form of skin cancer, by 74 times.

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Signs of a tanning bed allergic reaction?

Signs of a tanning bed allergic reaction?

UV allergic reaction: It is possible to have an allergic reaction to exposure to uv rays. Reactions include bumps across exposed area, rash, hives, and extreme itching. It is important to also remember a tanning bed greatly increases your risk for skin cancer.

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How do I get relief for a tanning bed burn?

Moisturizer: Tanning bed burns can be very painful. As long as you are not allergic or have a contraindication, taking Aspirin after a sunburn can provide some relief. Applying aloe vera gels, or moisturizing creams like cerave may also help. I the burn is severe your dermatologist may recommend an oral and/or topical steroid.

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