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Doctor insights on: Will Tanners Spray Tan Tanning Beds Hypopigmentation

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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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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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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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I have a weird tan from a sunburn last summer. Is there a safe way to even it out? I don't like tanning beds or spray tans.

I have a weird tan from a sunburn last summer. Is there a safe way to even it out? I don't like tanning beds or spray tans.

Self-tanners: There are many self-tanning lotions, sprays, gels, mousse, and even wipes that are available. I do not recommend tanning beds! also always use a good sunscreen to prevent burning and getting uneven tans. ...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 vichy self tanner cream good?does it cause cancer or wrinkles..?is itl better than sun tanning and tanning bed?

Is vichy self tanner cream good?does it cause cancer or wrinkles..?is itl better than sun tanning and tanning bed?

Healthtap doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. Tan in a can is usually safer than sun tanning or using a tanning bed. The latter can increase risk for skin cancer. ...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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I use tanning beds once a year usually in spring. Otherwise i don't tan. Should i havey skin screened? And how much does screening cost?

I use tanning beds once a year usually in spring. Otherwise i don't tan. Should i havey skin screened? And how much does screening cost?

Tanning Beds: One visit to the tanning bed increases the incidence of melanoma by 25%. Each additional visit is an increase of 3%. Frequent use before the age of 35 increases the incidence of melanoma by 85%. You definetly need a skin screen once or twice a year. ...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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How can I tan safely without the use of tanning beds since they are dangerous?

Not recommended: 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 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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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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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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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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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