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Tan Tanning Bed
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
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
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
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?
No: Not if they are the last 2 pills in a 28 day package. ...Read more
Is it safe to tan in a tanning bed while on birth control? Will it cause it to not be as effective?
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
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?
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
After tanning in tan bed for 5 min second time I have flat little red dots that look like blood blisters. Like if u were to scratch yourself a lot?
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
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
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