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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. ...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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I have sunburns on my breasts from a tanning bed. How do I keep it from peeling?

I have sunburns on my breasts from a tanning bed. How do I keep it from peeling?

Moisturizer: While the best option is to avoid tanning beds and excess sun exposure, if you choice to tan your chest, it is important to use proper skin care. This includes a good moisturizer and perhaps chilled aloe vera. The safest option to improve the color of your skin would be to use a bronzer or spray tan. I have done laser resurfacing on a number of female patients who developed sun damage from tanning. ...Read more

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I have second degree burn from the airbags. My skin turned pink and dead skin turned out to be black. How i treat that & keep my skin moisturized?

I have second degree burn from the airbags. My skin turned pink and dead skin turned out to be black. How i treat that & keep my skin moisturized?

You should see a Dr.: Facial burns are serious and you should be seen by a plastic surgeon. Although most airbag burns can be treated with topical creams and antibiotics, some may require further therapy. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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After sun exposure, i developed white sun spots on my chest area. How can I get rid off them?

After sun exposure, i developed white sun spots on my chest area. How can I get rid off them?

Tinea Versicolor: White sun spots can be cause by a skin condition called tinea versicolor.Tinea versicolor is a common fungal infection of the skin that often affects adolescents and young adults. The term versicolor refers to the fact that it causes the affected skin to change color and become either lighter or darker than surrounding skin. Treatment can be with prescription ketodan. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of this sun burn on my scalp?

How can I get rid of this sun burn on my scalp?

Wear hat: Sunburns take time to heal and only symptomatic care for pain, itching, etc. Can be employed while healing. Wear a hat limit time in the sun and use sunscreen to prevent future sunburning. ...Read more

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Dry skin on my feet and skin peels off easily. How could I stop my skin from tearing off?

Tinea pedis: Tinea pedis is a fungal infection of the feet, common in people who wear closed shoes that trap moisture. It is characterized by flaking, cracking and peeling of the skin. This condition is treated with over the counter medications specifically for this purpose, and is prevented by keeping the feet dry and avoiding exposure from public showers, etc. ...Read more

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How do I cover up or get rid of these skin spots from my skin peeling after a sunburn?

How do I cover up or get rid of these skin spots from my skin peeling after a sunburn?

Sunscreen: Daily application of a broad spectrum sunscreen will help prevent this predicament. Once a sunburn has occurred, it is important to use an oil free moisturizer to encourage recovery of the epidermal and dermal damage. Use of an oil free cosmetic may be used to camouflage any spots until the skin heals. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of red patches in my groin it's from sweat and my skin rubbing off my scroutum. How long will it take to clear ?

How do I get rid of red patches in my groin it's from sweat and my skin rubbing off my scroutum.  How long will it take to clear ?

Examination needed.: You could have a fungal infection ("jock itch"), or it could be simple friction and heat inflammation. A dermatologist will do a microscope test to determine whether fungal colonization is present, and which treatment will work best for you. ...Read more

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How come sunburns turn your skin red?

How come sunburns turn your skin red?

Inflammation: Radiation from the sun injures the skin. Your body jumps into healing by creating inflammation to bring fresh healthy blood and healing factors to the area. The blood vessels dilate to get the healthy blood there and get the injured tissues healed. This inflammatory response makes things red, hot, swollen, and painful but, is absolutely necessary for things to heal. ...Read more

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Why doesn't the skin on my palms get tanned when I lay out in the sun?

Why doesn't the skin on my palms get tanned when I lay out in the sun?

They can tan: The palms of your hands can tan. It's just that most people when they tan don't lie with their palms face up so they don't get as much sun and therfore don't tan. You should always wear a broadspectrum sunscreen for uva and uvb rays with an spf of 30 or greater to help protect against skin cancer. ...Read more

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Got bad razor bumps & razor burn on my bikini area will tend skin product help get rid of them? Please help really conscious

Razor Bumps: Apply corticosteroid cream to your razor bumps to reduce the redness and swelling fast. Corticosteroid cream is mild and can help you quickly. Also try using benzoyl peroxide on your razor bumps. Using a benzoyl peroxide ointment with at least 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide can reduce the bumps and prevent any kind of rash from forming. ...Read more

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Hi, my skin will get reddish and get itching when my skin was exposed to sun light or after coming into the home from exposing sun light please advice.

Hi, my skin will get reddish and get itching when my skin was exposed to sun light or after coming into the home from exposing sun light please advice.

Many possibilities: You may have sun hypersensitivity or photosensitivity. This may sometimes be related to an underlying skin disorder such as rosacea or may be caused by a product you are using such as Retin-A or tretinoin or retinal, oral antibiotics, other medications known to cause photosensitivity, or you may just have sensitive skin. ...Read more

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How come i get small, itchy bumps on my skin when i'm out in the sun too long?

How come i get small, itchy bumps on my skin when i'm out in the sun too long?

Photosensitive: It appears that you have developed a photosensitivity to the sun. You did not mention as to why long the bumps stayed with you after having been away from the exposure since this would also help to narrow down the possibilities. If you develop large and itchy hives, the condition is known as solar urticaria. The treatment is the same- avoid sun exposure. ...Read more

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How can I stop peeling my skin from a sunburn?

One deterrent: Think about how painful it will be if you start to tug on dead skin and accidentally pull up deep layers of skin. That makes me shudder just to think about it. ...Read more

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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. ...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?

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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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)?

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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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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Can a tanning bed cause neuropathy? At first it was a numbing tingle when in the sun, but went away completely. 3 yrs later its back and burns at nigh

Can a tanning bed cause neuropathy? At first it was a numbing tingle when in the sun, but went away completely. 3 yrs later its back and burns at nigh

Rare: There is minimal research that does suggest overuse of tanning beds can "tip" a neuropathy that has already started toward more severe neuropathy by increasing superficial oxidative damage, partially by thymine dimer formation and partially by simple oxidation increase. What this means is that it aggravate a mild neuropathy, but most likely cannot cause it. Where is your neuropathy? Facial? ...Read more

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Are tanning bed burns worse than sunburns? Am a little red today after tanning in a aroma therapy bed for 10min but no discomfort like w/ a sunburn.

Just as bad: Tanning beds use ultraviolet rays similar to the sun. Although these are less likely to cause burning they still cause damage to the structure of the skin and can lead to skin cancers. ...Read more

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I have new moles growing where i had two blistering sun burns from the tanning bed. Could they be cancerous?

I would have: These evaluated by a dermatologist. Can't know if they are malignant without a biopsy. Please don't use a tanning bed. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Could someone get a skin fungus from the tanning bed?

Probably: If the pane you are resting on isn't cleaned in between persons then you could get a fungal infection. It is similar to the fungal infection you can get walking barefoot in a gym locker room ...Read more

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Is it okay to tan in a tanning bed 2 weeks after having a baby, or will my skin react differently?

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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With fair skin, I want to use the tanning bed to get a good tan. How long should I tan for each visit?

Easy Answer: 0 minutes. Just like i would never recommend smoking, i would never recommend using a tanning bed! both are bad for you health. Tanning not only ages your skin and makes you look old, it will increase your risk for skin cancers. If you also smoke than the effects of the sun are magnified with even a higher risk for skin cancers and photo aging. ...Read more

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I have always had really dry skin. Why does my skin become really soft after I start tanning on the tanning bed? Usually after a week my skin is so soft, not dry and flaky.

I have always had really dry skin. Why does my skin become really soft after I start tanning on the tanning bed? Usually after a week my skin is so soft, not dry and flaky.

Tanning beds: The tanning bed is injuring your skin. I strongly suggest that you not use these devices. They will age your skin and could make you more prone to skin cancer, including potentially deadly melanoma. ...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

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I have severe burn from a tanning bed is it OK to put baby lotion on it?

I have severe burn from a tanning bed is it OK to put baby lotion on it?

Yes, but Aloe Vera: may give more relief. Also, cold compresses. OK to take oral pain medications. Please commit to avoid tanning beds and using sun protection in the future to lower your risk of skin cancer. ...Read more

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Are there any benefits for a brown skin african american to use a tanning bed?

Are there any benefits for a brown skin african american to use a tanning bed?

No: Tanning beds are artificial intense uv light. Most tanning beds today are uva type, that allows tanning, but also greatly accelerates aging, wrinkles, sun spots and abnormal pigmentation. Darker skinned people who use tanning beds are not getting any benefits (maybe some extra vitamin d) but instead are accelerating aging and wrinkles and maybe even increasing their risk of getting skin cancer. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my face started burning. it felt kind of similar to a sun/tanning bed burn. I have used both the oatsdo this if it burned so bad?

What do you suggest if my face started burning. it felt kind of similar to a sun/tanning bed burn. I have used both the oatsdo this if it burned so bad?

Moisturizer: I'm not sure what caused your condition. Could be a new makeup, soap, perfume, laundry soap....The list is endless. The treatment is to avoid the cause if you can figure it out, and liberal use of moisturizer to help the skin heal. If you can't figure out inciting agent, may need to visit a dermatologist or allergist. ...Read more

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What to do if i go tanning in a tanning bed and now I have itchy skin! what could it be?

What to do if i go tanning in a tanning bed and now I have itchy skin! what could it be?

Dryness or dermatiti: We do not recommend tanning booths as they exposure you to ultraviolet light which can cause skin cancers. Your skin could by dry or have developed a dermatitis either photodermatitis or contact dermatitis if you have a rash. ...Read more