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Doctor insights on: Jergens Self Tanning Lotion

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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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My 5 yr old has suddenly developed a brownish stain on his hands. It looks like he used self-tanning lotion and didn't wash it off.

My 5 yr old has suddenly developed a brownish stain on his hands.  It looks like he used self-tanning lotion and didn't wash it off.

There are other: products that might cause that. Are there any hair color products in the household? Perhaps he is reacting to something he touched at school? If it doesn't go away in a couple of days, or if there are any symptoms of illness with it, I would have him seen by his doctor. ...Read more

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How safe is self tanning lotions & airbrushing?

How safe is self tanning lotions & airbrushing?

Tanning: Self tanners and airbrushing (depending on the products used) are considerably more safe than using a tanning bed/booth - and the results can look pretty good as well. Keep in mind that using this form of tanning does not reduce your chances of getting burned or incurring damage to your skin from the actual sun. You should always use an spf to protect your skin when out in the sun. ...Read more

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Are self tanning lotions harmful? Do they have dangerous chemicals in them? Is it safe to use?

Very safe.: Self tanning lotions are very safe. They are simply staining the top-most layers of skin a brown color. I recommend my patients use self-tanners over using tanning beds or external tanning to get color. If your skin is getting darker from sun exposure, it is a pathogenic response to sun, and means your skin cells are trying to protect their dna by producing melanin. This is never good. ...Read more

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Could I use tanning lotions as a normal lotion?

Sure: I have a Jergins lotion I use for this. Give you a nice tanned look you want, but gradually, while moisturizing your skin. Also, anything that will keep you from wanting to get in the sun for a real tan is a good thing! ...Read more

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I'm allergic to every indoor tanning lotion. I have tried a long time to tan. Any advice?

If you are referring: to lotions applied prior to use of tanning beds - would recommend avoidance of tanning beds. Tanning beds carry significant risk to your health. To protect from skin cancer risk - avoid tanning beds. ...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

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