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Ultra Bronze Tanning
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: Vitiligo is a difficult problem to treat. While many things including tanning solutions have been tried, none of them work very well. Its hard to color skin that is missing the ability to create pigment. Efforts almost always fall short of satisfactory results, especially if large areas of skin are involved. Derm may help some.For some people, the best treatment is to try to bleach the normal skin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure!: Hey, I think this myself. It's a cultural issue. When I see teenage girls who want to be tan in my practice I say Go for it! But be sure and use the self tanners! They work great to give you the tanned look you want. You can control the color easily. They are inexpensive and you have no tan lines to deal with. Last but not least, you re protecting yourself from deadly skin cancer! ...Read more
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Don't!: This is simple. Don't do it! When I see teenage girls who want to be tan in my practice I say Go for it! But be sure and use the self tanners! They work great to give you the tanned look you want. You can control the color easily. They are inexpensive and you have no tan lines to deal with. Last but not least, you re protecting yourself from deadly skin cancer! ...Read more
Only once for some: Sometimes- only once. Yes, tragically I am serious. ...Read more
See your doctor: It is possible to get hand and arm and face hyperpigmentation from taking hormones or having hormonal changes. It is a good idea to have your doctor check this and make sure it is benign and then after a proper diagnosis start laser therapy to decrease the color or bleaching cream. Hope it is easily reversed. ...Read more
I have been taking st. john's wort for about 3-4 months now and starting tanning in a bed. is that bad?
I was exposed too much to the sun when i was a kid. Is tanning my body the best way to make all my body colour fit?
NO: If your body color is not all one tone, it may be more than just a lot of sun as a kid. More tanning is not the best answer. I would recommend seeing a chinese medicine practitioner as you may simply be out of balance (we all are) and diet changes and some herbs may help restore you....Over t me...To a more even color all over. ...Read more
Tanning outdoors for a couple of hours using no protection for 2 days vs. 10 minutes tanning session 3 times per 1week, are they equally harmful or not?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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