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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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Will self tanners, spray tan, or tanning beds help get rid of hypopigmentation?

Will self tanners, spray tan, or tanning beds help get rid of hypopigmentation?

Maybe temporarily: But I would suggest that you see a dermatologist to determine the cause of your hypopigmentation. There are multiple metabolic and immunologic etiologies which can cause hypopigmentation and it may be in your best interest to get to the root cause rather than merely covering it up cosmetically. ...Read more

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Which is better for you? A spray-on tan or a tan from a tanning bed?

Which is better for you? A spray-on tan or a tan from a tanning bed?

Skin cancer: We were all better off aspiring to the magnolia skin of the antebellum Southern belle. A tan, whether from ultraviolet rays from the sun or a tanning booth, is evidence of solar damage and increases the risk of melanoma and other skin cancers. If you aspire to the sun damaged look, painted on tan is better for you. ...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?

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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If you tan. In a tanning bed and then you start getting white spots on your back what does that mean?

Fungus?: You may have an early fungal infection, commonly know as ringworm. Don't forget that the person who used the tanning bed before you sweat just as much as you do. I always recommend the stand-up tanning booths to my patients that insist on tanning. ...Read more

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Every time I tan in a tanning bed, I get a white itchy blotch at the bottom of my back. What is this and how can I fix it?

Every time I tan in a tanning bed, I get a white itchy blotch at the bottom of my back. What is this and how can I fix it?

The answer is simple: Stop Tanning. Use of tanning beds markedly increases your risk for skin cancer. The best way to avoid the white blotch is to forgo tanning altogether. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it safe to tan in a tanning bed while on birth control? Will it cause it to not be as effective?

Yes: However tanning beds can later give you skin cancer many decades later. Birth contrl and tanning beds are compatible ...Read more

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I had to have 5 CT scans over the summer. With having been exposed to that amount of radiation is it still safe for me to tan in a tanning bed?

I had to have 5 CT scans over the summer. With having been exposed to that amount of radiation is it still safe for me to tan in a tanning bed?

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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If you had breast cancer and took chemo can you tan in a tanning bed without harming yourself?

If you had breast cancer and took chemo can you tan in a tanning bed without harming yourself?

No.: Due to skin cancer risks of tanning beds, I am in agreement with ben ferguson who states that there is no exposure to tanning beds that is safe or harmless, chemo or no chemo. ...Read more

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I got a rash (that is almost gone) all over my body from an antibiotic, doctor took me off and put me on prednisone. Can I still tan in a tanning bed?

I got a rash (that is almost gone) all over my body from an antibiotic, doctor took me off and put me on prednisone. Can I still tan in a tanning bed?

Rash: Rash is a sign of irritated or inflamed skin. When you actually tan, that is an expression of Skin Damage. You may have worsening of your rash, independently of the recommendation to avoid tanning beds in the first place. ...Read more

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I'm on this pill for acne and I want to tan sometimes in a tanning bed. Is it safe to still do?

A Tanning bed is: Never safe under any circumstance. If you are on Accutane or any medication that requires you to limit sun exposure then a tanning bed is a no no. Tanning bed = increased cancer risk! . ...Read more

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Are spray tans healthier than tanning beds?

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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Is it safe to use tanning bed for only a few months to get a base tan?

Tanning isn't safe!: Tanning exposes you to uv rays, it should be avoided at all costs. ...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 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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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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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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Please tell me how long do you usually have on a tanning bed?

Would encourage: You not to use a tanning bed. Tanning beds seriously increase your risk for skin cancer. ...Read more

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I'm going on a tropical vacation in 4 weeks. I am very fair skinned. Should I go to a tanning bed before my trip to get a "base"?

No: The potential damage to your skin isn't worth it. Use good skin protection while on your vacation to reduce the risk of sunburn. You are probably aware that skin cancer is a higher risk for fair-skinned people, so excess exposure from tanning beds or sunlight are generally discouraged. ...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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White bumps after tanning bed?

Uncertain: Do you have any idea how dangerous tanning beds are? You may have an infection from the tanning bed itself. You could be reacting to the chemicals they wipe them down with. Or this could be solar damage. If you don't want skin cancer- you need to steer clear of tanning beds. ...Read more

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Zvan you get herpes form a tanning bed?

Don't do it!: First of all, as a dermatologist, I would like to discourage tanning bed use. More than 170, 000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer in the us each year are associated with indoor tanning. One indoor uv tanning session increases users’ risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 67 percent and basal cell carcinoma by 29 percent. Herpes would be the least of your risks. ...Read more

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Could you pick up herpes from a tanning bed?

Could you pick up herpes from a tanning bed?

Unlikely: The virus that causes herpes is generally not known to live outside an animal host for a prolonged period of time, hence making transmission via an inanimate object highly improbable. ...Read more

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Can you get sun exposure from the tanning bed?

Words matter: No, you don't get sun exposure if you are not in the sun. You get the same damaging UVA/UVB rays that the sun exposure causes because the lights at designed to produce those rays. ...Read more

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