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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 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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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.

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.

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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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?

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?

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