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.
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
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
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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