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I used a natural product to tan my skin and some spots on my skin were not affected. Now it looks like stained, what could be causing this?
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Dr. Jerome Litt
Dermatology
6 doctors agree
In brief: STAINED SKIN
Can't tell without seeing.
From your description, it sounds as if it may be a harmless condition called tinea vesicolor. See a dermatologist.

In brief: STAINED SKIN
Can't tell without seeing.
From your description, it sounds as if it may be a harmless condition called tinea vesicolor. See a dermatologist.
Dr. Jerome Litt
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Uneven tan
If you didn't exfoliate well prior to placing the product, the uptake can be uneven and cause a stained look.
Next time, make sure that you do a thorough exfoliation.

In brief: Uneven tan
If you didn't exfoliate well prior to placing the product, the uptake can be uneven and cause a stained look.
Next time, make sure that you do a thorough exfoliation.
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Topical tanners
Topical tanning products are a better solution than tanning booths which can lead to skin cancer.
They may, however not end up looking as smoothly distributed as you desire. Following the instructions on the product and referring to their website/customer support may improve outcomes. Self tanners are not permanent so any unevenness should eventually fade.

In brief: Topical tanners
Topical tanning products are a better solution than tanning booths which can lead to skin cancer.
They may, however not end up looking as smoothly distributed as you desire. Following the instructions on the product and referring to their website/customer support may improve outcomes. Self tanners are not permanent so any unevenness should eventually fade.
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Tanning products
Tanning products tend to cause a discoloration of the keratin layer of the skin.
In areas where the keratin (stratum corneum) layer is thin or absent, the pigmentation may not be as dark as the areas with a thicker stratum corneum. The hands have a very thick layer and this is why they are easily discolored with application and directions typically advise vigorous cleansing after use.

In brief: Tanning products
Tanning products tend to cause a discoloration of the keratin layer of the skin.
In areas where the keratin (stratum corneum) layer is thin or absent, the pigmentation may not be as dark as the areas with a thicker stratum corneum. The hands have a very thick layer and this is why they are easily discolored with application and directions typically advise vigorous cleansing after use.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Jane Chung
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Fungal infection
Maybe you have a fungal infection or some inflammation with dry skin on the area where the tanning lotion was not working.
You can wait maybe 2-3 weeks and see what happen. If it is a simple dry skin or irritation, it will get better. Otherwise, it can be a fungal.

In brief: Fungal infection
Maybe you have a fungal infection or some inflammation with dry skin on the area where the tanning lotion was not working.
You can wait maybe 2-3 weeks and see what happen. If it is a simple dry skin or irritation, it will get better. Otherwise, it can be a fungal.
Dr. Jane Chung
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