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Doctor insights on: Dark Tanning Spf2 Medication

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Can tanning cover dark spots?

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

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 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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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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Why my daughter 10 and a 1/2 years old suddenly her whole body color got a lot Darker. What are the possible medical internal causes. No exposure to sun or tanning.

Why my daughter 10 and a 1/2 years old suddenly her whole body color got a lot Darker. What are the possible medical internal causes. No exposure to sun or tanning.

Adrenal failure?: Sometimes adrenal failure can cause increased pigment in the skin. This is why John F Kennedy always had a good tan. Some blood tests can determine this. ...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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I've a difusal white spots on my back. Tested for fungi, it was -. While tanning, spots stay white for a while, after a few days, they become a lil darker?

Maybe: Sounds like you have tinea versicolor, this is treatable with a antifungal cream. After treatment and over time (months to years) the skin can return to it's original color. ...Read more

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My right leg is slightly darker than my left leg when I'm sitting. I don't go tanning. Should I be concerned?

My right leg is slightly darker than my left leg when I'm sitting. I don't go tanning. Should I be concerned?

Possibly vascular.: If this difference in appearance of the legs is only associated with a particular body position, this suggests a possible vascular cause (blood vessel; either venous or arterial). It would be prudent to schedule a visit with a physician for a careful history and physical examination. It may be that as a result of this evaluation, further studies may be needed to completely understand this. ...Read more

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I'm 18, recently, my entire face is much darker. I always use spf30+ sunscreen, and I haven't been tanning. Is this due to hormones or something else?

I'm 18, recently, my entire face is much darker. I always use spf30+ sunscreen, and I haven't been tanning. Is this due to hormones or something else?

Possible: To have something to cause the tanning. You should see your doctor (not ob) for a thorough exam to make certain it is general tanning not just in sun exposed areas. If it is general tanning a work up is in order. If it turns out it is sun exposure you may need a better type of sunscreen. Technology is advancing. A good medical a esthitician can help you with that product selection. Wear indoors? ...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 went to a tanning bed (for the first or second time in over a year), and after, I have blotchy, darker patches on the back of both of my legs. I am currently on Skyla (an IUD), and I had used some Clindamycin gel on my legs the night before. I'm not pos

I went to a tanning bed (for the first or second time in over a year), and after, I have blotchy, darker patches on the back of both of my legs. I am currently on Skyla (an IUD), and I had used some Clindamycin gel on my legs the night before. I'm not pos

Danger: What if I told you it were cancer? It's not, but that's what the tanning bed will give you, many years after exposure, skin cancer. Consider spray tan instead. Your current ailment is likely due to irregular application of whatever you applied to your legs within the last 24 hours, or the parlor doesn't clean and disinfect the beds between uses. See MD if blotches persist.? fungal? Zmd ...Read more

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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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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. Its 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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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 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

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Is high pressure tanning safer than normal?

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