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Doctor insights on: Neutrogena Sunless Tanning Medication

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I have been using the acne medication, neutrogena oil-free acne wash for maybe 3 or stop using the acne wash?

I have been using the acne medication, neutrogena oil-free acne wash for maybe 3 or stop using the acne wash?

Can you clarify?: This is very weak stuff and if you're still having acne, move to something stronger. Salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and/or retinoic acid are your best friends. If they don't clear you in a few weeks, or if you have severe acne or it's on your trunk, your physician can add something stronger that will work. Best wishes. ...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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Ms and tanning?

Ms and tanning?

What about it?: Perhaps you can state your question more clearly. Healthtap is not a search engine. It's a place for asking questions and receiving answers from doctors. Unfortunately none of us is a mind reader and we cannot guess what a person's intent is when they put a couple of words together and a question mark at the end. A question mark at the end of a phrase doesn't turn the phrase into a question. ...Read more

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Bleeding after tanning?

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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Is tanning for pregnacy?

Is tanning for pregnacy?

Depends: Natural tanning from sunbathing with sunblock within reason is fine for anyone, including pregnant women. Avoid tanning salons, excessive or unprotected sun exposure and ask your obstetrician for more personalized recommendations. ...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 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

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Will tanning help my psoriasis?

Will tanning help my psoriasis?

Not directly: Psoriasis tends to do better with sun exposure as the UV radiation is therapeutic to psoriasis. That is why ultraviolet light treatments are used in psoriasis ...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 tanning oil (with spf) bad for you?

Is tanning oil (with spf) bad for you?

Tanning is not good: Regardless of the spf that you were using if you are getting a tan you are damaging your skin. While that may not be a problem now it will be in the future in terms of skin cancer and premature aging. ...Read more

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Explain the use of melatonin in tanning.

Explain the use of melatonin in tanning.

Melatonin: Please go online to Wikipedia and read about melatonin.
There are many other articles on the topic -some good, some not so good, but worthwhile reading.

Personally I don't think it wise to use melatonin to increas. your skin color. ...Read more

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How dangerous is tanning in a tanning bed?

How dangerous is tanning in a tanning bed?

Tanning bed unsafe: Tanning bed exposes the skin to UVA and UVB light which increases wrinkling and spotting of skin. Extended exposures can lead to skin damage and skin cancer. Here is an article from the Centers for Disease Control:
https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/indoor_tanning.htm ...Read more

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What we do to remove tanning from my neck?

What we do to remove tanning from my neck?

Sunblock moisturizer: Many people use over-the-counter moisturizers that contain sunscreen. Avoiding exposure to the sun will let skin lighten up. However, one should take extra vitamin d to make up for not getting vitamin d from the sun. Although having tanned skin from sun exposure is not a medical illness, there are a few uncommon hormonal medical conditions that can cause skin darkening. ...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

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May coconat oil be used for tanning? Thankyou

Coconut oil may…: Help moisturize skin while tanning (not a good idea, by the way) but offers no spf protection so skin will receive uv ray damage (which accumulates over the years). Quality tan from a bottle or airbrush is much safer. ...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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Do you think I can go tanning with an ostomy bag?

Tanning: Don't do it. Tanning is a bad idea in general. Protect your skin by avoiding such activities. ...Read more

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Could tanning oil make your tan not last as long?

No: The fading of you tan is due to melanocyte reducing melanin production when sun exposure ceases. ...Read more

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What is a good substitute for sun tanning lotion?

Why?: There is no good substitute. If you are having problems with one look for a paraben free product. Would not expose oneself to too much sun without any protection. Regular sun tanning oils with any spf are not the way to go. Great tan, increase risk for possible skin cancer and aging skin. ...Read more

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Is it bad for you to go in a tanning bed every day?

Yes it is: Tanning beds produce radiation which is harmful to your skin as it will cause wrinkling and increases the risk of skin cancer. Many young woem are developing melanoma, a deadly type of cancer, caused by tanning beds. ...Read more

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Can I use the tanning bed right after I have my baby?

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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How come i itch when i get done with the tanning bed?

How come i itch when i get done with the tanning bed?

The itching: Could be related to chemicals used to clean the tanning beds or it could be a solar reaction. Itching is not normal. Tanning beds are not normal. Listen to what your body is telling you. Tanning beds are dangerous ! i would encourage you to give this serious thought. Take care. ...Read more

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How can I prevent freckles while getting sun tanning ???

How can I prevent freckles while getting sun tanning ???

Impossible: It is not possible to prevent freckles while suntanning. Freckles are a sign of skin damage by the sun. We recommend sunscreen and protective wear to avoid skin cancer. Try some sunless tanning products. They are quite good to.get.the look you want, sans freckles! ...Read more

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Do you think I can go tanning if I have Crohn's disease?

Immune suppressant?: Most of the immune suppressing agents (biologics, 6MP) have an increased risk of certain skin cancers. These risks are legitimate. Therefore your risk of skin cancer will be higher than that of the average "tanner". If you are not on one of these drugs then your risk of skin cancer is the same as the average "tanner". So you have to be the judge of how much risk you are willing to take on. ...Read more