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Neutrogena Sunless Tanning Medication
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Safe.: Wise? Sounds like a big gooey mess. Could stain more than your skin. ...Read more
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