What Causes An Itch Or Rash After Tanning?

A number of skin irritations may accompany indoor tanning at one time or another. Among these are rashes, itches, dry skin or white spots.

An itch may occur from a reduced rate of melanin production in a particular area of the body, usually the stomach, chest, or other areas that have had minimal exposure to sunlight or tanning for a prolonged period. This may occur between the 3rd and 5th tanning session for most people, is normally temporary, and more of a nuisance than a real problem. This is usually a result of overstimulation of the nerve endings.

It is best to tan no more than every other day and build up tanning exposure time gradually, to give the skins' melanin, in normally unexposed areas, time to catch up with those areas always exposed outside, like the face and hands. Use a good aloe product, like our BurnStuff or Aloe Plus Moisturizer, for relief from itching.  Use tanning and skincare products without chemical additives.

Overdry skin caused by the light and heat from the tanning system may also cause itching. It is important to use a good moisturizing product regularly, after tanning, to prevent the skin from drying and replenish moisture loss from the tanning process. Certain chemicals or ingredients found in cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, and cleaners used on tanning beds, may also potential causes of itching.

Rashes related to indoor tanning may result from two different factors: Heat build-up or an overdose of UV-A. If you develop a rash, stop tanning for a few days, then resume tanning at a lower level. Most people will eventually build up immunities to these rashes. If you have a light sensitivity disorder or have taken photosensitizers to tan faster, you could also develop a rash. The only times these can be severe is if you are phototoxic or have a sunlight-induced disease.

White spots can be caused by a medication you may be taking, a genetic disposition to tanning unevenly, a lack of pigment in that area, or scar tissue from acne, psoriasis, or a fungus. In the event you are tanning in a bed, white spots can be a result of a lack of oxygen to your pressure points that come in contact with the tanning bed acrylic.

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