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Here's a few words from someone who's tanned to try to "cure" acne:

I tanned indoors every spring and summer for the past 5 years, and I loved, LOVED the feeling of being tan. I loved how it looked, I loved how I felt warm for 20 minutes. The only downfall was that I couldn't use prescribed topicals while tanning. (Anyone who's gotten severe burns from not following the derm's advice will tell you, it's not a good idea) But my skin looked SO GOOD.

After a while, I had new sun spots, wrinkles, freckles, and moles on my body and face, and the best way to hide it was... what else... more tanning. Then, slowly but surely, my acne resurfaced. Because of course, acne always has a way of resurfacing just when you think it's gone. However, tanning masks scars, redness of new acne, and so on. Therefore, tanning still feels like a good idea. But just when you've stopped worrying about acne comes the cancer concerns. And believe me, you may not have concerns now when acne is your biggest problem, but once the acne fades it'll be on your mind a LOT. You'll worry about wrinkles, freckles... you name it. You'll worry about how your face has sun spots that become more and more noticeable the more days you go without tanning. You'll notice your skin feels different, and that the elasticity has diminished. You'll look at the moles on your skin, and visit skin cancer sites and examine the melanoma pictures online. All the time you spent worrying about acne will now have a new outlet - cancer, and aging. And both are way, WAY worse than acne. And eventually, you'll want to stop tanning. Maybe your acne will come back, maybe it won't. But I guarantee you'll regret the UV damage, because face it, you can't tan FOREVER. Oftentimes, the real damage is invisible now, and will surface 10 years from now. Look at the older women in tanning salons... do you really want to look like THAT?

Here's what I did. I stopped tanning for good two years ago. I discovered a great self-tanning product, Au Courant, that gives me a golden glow, and also masks my acne marks. Self-tanning products aren't the orangey crap they used to be, as long as you choose your product carefully. Additionally, I now have the comfort that I'm acting in a way that's healthy and beneficial to my skin. Applying self-tanner is a lot of work, and you have to experiment a while to get it just right, but I don't stay up at night worrying about cancer or wrinkles. Plus, I can still use my prescribed topicals.

This will sound harsh, but maybe some of you who claim that not having acne and being tan is worth getting cancer later on should visit the cancer boards and read the anguish that others go through. I know a few people that have suffered with melanoma, and nothing in the world is worth ending up with that.

Sorry for the lecture, but please think before you tan.

BTW: Any dermatologist that recommends tanning beds as a viable solution to acne should have his license taken away. Run, not walk out of the office should your derm suggest that.
runway girl,

First, I agree that tanning has its risks. I dont think that anyone disputes that, but for many (including myself) the benefits outweigh the risks. Id rather have 70 years of being able to show my face in public and feel ok about myself, as opposed to 75 years where i have to hide from the world. one thing you said about tanning was "it's affect on acne is to put it to sleep; meaning that once you stop tanning, it will come back just the same" - this goes for almost ANY acne treatment....there is NO CURE for acne so any of the other meds we talk about on here (with the exception of maybe accutane) are just treating the symptoms, not curing it.

I look at it like this - I dont smoke, I dont drink heavily, I dont use drugs. Tanning is my one vice. People can live their whole lives trying to avoid every possible harm out there, then one day get ploughed down by a truck. I'm willing to accept that risks that tanning has so that i can feel better about myself and am able to show my face in public - its as simple as that.

SP
[QUOTE=Smartpants]runway girl,

First, I agree that tanning has its risks. I dont think that anyone disputes that, but for many (including myself) the benefits outweigh the risks. Id rather have 70 years of being able to show my face in public and feel ok about myself, as opposed to 75 years where i have to hide from the world. one thing you said about tanning was "it's affect on acne is to put it to sleep; meaning that once you stop tanning, it will come back just the same" - this goes for almost ANY acne treatment....there is NO CURE for acne so any of the other meds we talk about on here (with the exception of maybe accutane) are just treating the symptoms, not curing it.

I look at it like this - I dont smoke, I dont drink heavily, I dont use drugs. Tanning is my one vice. People can live their whole lives trying to avoid every possible harm out there, then one day get ploughed down by a truck. I'm willing to accept that risks that tanning has so that i can feel better about myself and am able to show my face in public - its as simple as that.

SP[/QUOTE]


I couldn't of said it any better myself. Very nice post





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