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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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What do tanning beds give off (beta rays, gamma rays, alpha rays)?

What do tanning beds give off (beta rays, gamma rays, alpha rays)?

Uv rays: Tanning beds give off uv rays at the short end of the visible spectrum. The sun also gives off such rays which causes sunburn. The tanning bed is therefore an artificial sun. The beta, alpha, & gamma rays are from radioactive sources and would be dangerous for a tanning bed and would not cause tanning anyway. ...Read more

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Is my white skin protected from sun rays if I use the following: vitamic C serum, then bioderma moisturizer spf 30 and la roche posay powder spf 25?

Is my white skin protected from sun rays if I use the following: vitamic C serum, then bioderma moisturizer spf 30 and la roche posay powder spf 25?

SPF 30 and SPF 25: Both the bioderma moisturizer and la roche posay powder are effective sunscreen. May need to reapply products if out in sun for multiple hours. No need to use vitamin C serum on skin- vitamin C is not a sunscreen. Also avoid outdoors from 10 am to 2 pm as sun is most intense during these hours. ...Read more

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Can tanning lotion prevents sunburn?

Can tanning lotion prevents sunburn?

Tanning lotion: Tanning lotion will not protect against sunburn or sun damage. You need a broad spectrum uva uvb blocking sunscreen with spf rated 30 or higher. Neutropenia has great products. ...Read more

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It's okay to use tanning oil SPF 30 instead of using sun cream spf30 right?

It's okay to use tanning oil SPF 30 instead of using sun cream spf30 right?

No: The current recommendation to avoid sun burn and exposure to UV-A and B rays which may lead to skin cancers is a physical block with a cream that contains either or both zinc or titanium. ...Read more

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Does neutrogena moisturizer SPF 15 really protect you from the sun's uv rays?

Does neutrogena moisturizer SPF 15 really protect you from the sun's uv rays?

SPF: In moisturizer is helpful but it is not the same as applying sunscreen. Consider a higher spf. ...Read more

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Is it safe to inhale bare escentuals mineral powder makeup with zinc oxide & titanium dioxide during application? No micronized or nanoparticles

Is it safe to inhale bare escentuals mineral powder makeup with zinc oxide & titanium dioxide during application? No micronized or nanoparticles

Chemical Exposures: There is no data that suggest inhalation of these powders represent a risk of disease. Please check with the doctor who can check with the manufacturer. ...Read more

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Does moderate sun exposure (10-15 minutes) without sunscreen have carcinogenic effects?

Does moderate sun exposure (10-15 minutes) without sunscreen have  carcinogenic effects?

Any sun exposure: Has some carcinogenic potential related to UV exposure. But remember its exceptionally small with limited exposure like you mention. There are many benefits to sun exposure too, you level of exposure just needs to be balanced based on your risk for developing skin cancer. ...Read more

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Is vichy self tanner cream good?does it cause cancer or wrinkles..?is itl better than sun tanning and tanning bed?

Is vichy self tanner cream good?does it cause cancer or wrinkles..?is itl better than sun tanning and tanning bed?

Healthtap doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. Tan in a can is usually safer than sun tanning or using a tanning bed. The latter can increase risk for skin cancer. ...Read more

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Does zinc oxide oinment work for sun?

Does zinc oxide oinment work for sun?

Zinc Oxide: can create a protective barrier against the sun's UV rays. ...Read more

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What SPF sunscreen should black man use?

Depends on exposure: Most people with black skin will have a skin protection factor naturally of about a 3-4, depending on depth of color. An SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays. SPF 30 keeps out 97 % and SPF 50 keeps out 98% of the harmful rays, but all products take about 20-30 minutes to become effective and should be reapplied after 2-3 hours to maintain protection. ...Read more

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Any danger of cancer from Neutrogena coal tar shampoo to use daily for 2 wks 4 hair loss from seborheic dermatitis ? Thought I read it was questnable?

Any danger of cancer from Neutrogena coal tar shampoo to use daily for 2 wks 4 hair loss from seborheic dermatitis ? Thought I read it was questnable?

2 weeks is fine: Here in California, the law requires Cancer Warning signs everywhere, because everything we eat, touch, breathe can cause cancer. That's the nature of life, everything on Earth can cause cancer... but the true question is, how likely? So, 2 weeks of any shampoo sold in America should be fine. No worries. Breathing the engine exhaust on the way to the store and back is likely to be more dangerous. ...Read more

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How does sunscreen spray compare to sunscreen lotion?

How does sunscreen spray compare to sunscreen lotion?

SPF: Spray is easier to apply. If the spf is the same, either product should be adequate. Read the label! be a savy consumer! ...Read more

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25 y/o blonde male w/ blue eyes. Been indoor tanning 20x, 5x w/o eyewear. How much have I increased risk for ocular melanoma? Eye exams normal so far.

25 y/o blonde male w/ blue eyes. Been indoor tanning 20x, 5x w/o eyewear. How much have I increased risk for ocular melanoma? Eye exams normal so far.

Tanning bed risks...: Tanning beds can raise the risk of skin cancers and ocular cancers if eye protection is not worn. Albeit, the risk is still likely small. I would recommend wearing adequate eye protection to block UVA and B rays. ...Read more

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Is sunscreen lotion with pa+++ suitable for melasma early?

Is sunscreen lotion with pa+++ suitable  for melasma early?

Sunscreen: It doesn't hurt to try but, melasma may need some kind of peeling agent, either laser or chemical. ...Read more

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25y/o m blonde/blue eyes; went tanning a few times w/o goggles.. Maybe 60min of exposure to be conservative. How much raised risk for ocular melanoma?

25y/o m blonde/blue eyes; went tanning a few times w/o goggles.. Maybe 60min of exposure to be conservative. How much raised risk for ocular melanoma?

Minimal: Ocular melanoma is rare and seems to be a spontaneous event. Sunlight does not play a role in its formation due to the protection from the cornea and lens. You have no doubt increased your likelihood of skin melanoma a little bit. Don't worry about the eyes. ...Read more