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Tanning Beds & Acne
Dec 16, 2002
I have a question for ANYONE who knows the TRUTH!!....

[Why I'm Asking This Question]

I'm on about week 11 of Accutane and starting to see results. My DERM said by next week or in two weeks in when it will really start to TAKE OFF and I will start to notice ALOT more good and healing on my face..

THAT'S GOOD!

BUT....... Any and EVERY place I EVER had ANY type of pimple throughout thios accutane course has left behind RED MARKS!!! I know we all hate them...


I hoping on my face getting decent enough acne wise by the end of Janruary.. After all I got a Seanson Pass to our Snow Resort & I have to use it like I do EVERY YEAR.... So I was hoping to get back to LIFE near the end of Janruary... But these red marks are just as bad looks wise... If your away from me from more than 10-15 feet they look like ACNE...


But I noticed that (even thought my ACNE wasnt NEAR this bad Summer Of 2002) my red marks were less noticeable due to my constant TAN back then...

Now my skin is PALE cuz of winter.. So I have pale skin and BRIGHT red spots left over from any pimple that ever lived on my face..


So I was thinking that maybe once I get practically CLEAR even 1-7 pimples still there..... Which is pretty clear to me because throughout my inital breakout from ACCUTANE I would always havbe more than 50-60 ALL OVER MY FACE... So having 1-6 is no big deal to me....

Anyway..back to what I was saying...When I get practically clear or clear ENOUGH I was thinking about going to a tanning bed and getting a tan so my rec spots will be less noticesable and look less ugly..... And I cant get a tan NOW cuz its winter.... And I'm NOT, Repeat NOT... Going to keep staying inside like I have for the past two months until I can get a natural TAN!?!?!?!?!?!?


So on to my question(s):

1] Do getting tans in tanning beds affect acne in a BAD way if your a person who has problems with ance?

(When I get fully clear I don't want to MESS IT ALL UP AT ALL. So I'm asking questions and being EXTRA carfeul)

2] Since ACCUTANE makes you more (for lack of a better word) "delicate" in the sun, Would getting a tan in a tanning bed just OVERALL not be a good idea while on ACCUTANE?

-If not, What about right after ym course is done?


Basically just tell me what you know as far as thi sissue goes...
(I have NEVER got a tan in a tanning bed before justf or reference)

PLEASE HELP ME IM CONFUSED!!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

LOL
To Divine:::::

I know that ACCUTANE makes the red worse but I won't be off Accutane until March... And then the snowboard season is basically over or the snow is melting and the condition sucks...

I was thinking of tanning beds as a QUICK FIX sort of to help the red ness look lighter so I can go out and get back to life a lil....

Im on home study and have been for over a month.. Im staying on it for the rest of the school year... And The past 2 months I have only left the house to go to my derm..

I know that after im off accutane the rednes will get less and then eventually go away... But I cant wait that long plus I really want to go snowboarding with all my friends but my face is so messed up right now...

:::::End of "To Divine"

Im estimating that I should be almost clear by the end of janruary..... And then I could go to the tanning beds and that will make the red marks less noticeable and then I could go to the snow resort everyday if I wanted.... I have a season pass and im on home study so why not go the most I can? U know???

I have been looking and researching stuff on the internet about tanning beds and acne and stuff and I havent found one thing that says its bad for acne....

Actually the only thing I find EVERYWHERE is that its acutally GOOD for acne.?....

But Im not looking to tan to help my acne..Accutane is taking over that job...

Im looking to do it just so I wont look so pale and so my red marks will be less noticeabel RIGHT NOW...Cuz I really want to get back to life it's only been two months but it feels like FOREVER when you never leave your room....

So back to my MAIN question NOW:

-Since ACCUTANE makes you more "delicate" in the sun, Would getting a tan in a tanning bed just OVERALL not be a good idea while on ACCUTANE? Would the tan BURN my skin or hurt it because I'm on Accutane right now?


[[[I really want to get back to LIFE but I want to fix these red marks TEMPORARILY.... I notice in the summer my red marks that I had at that time didnt look bad..sometimes you couldnt even notice...But its Winter and raining right now so my guess is no tan by the sun? LOL j/k....]]]


To 21withacne (I notice the 2 "1")

I now it was a lil while back but happy birthday!!!

Im doing good but my face is doin bad.... But It is TOTALLY "STARTING" to heal my whole left side of my face is slowly starting to heal and get smoother WITHOUT new ones coming in....

I still have like over 30 all over..but its better than over 60... And now I can really notice the changes starting.. I was already happy by what it has done in the past 2 weeks and my DERM said he saw improvment too..he also said within the next two weeks I will notice an even BIGGER change.... I cant wait...

Thats why Im hoping that by or before the end of Janruary I will look decent enough to go get a tan at a tanning salon and that will help the look of my red marks and make me looks less WINTER PALE... Then I can start to slowly get back to life..

THE FIRST THING IM DOING WHEN I FEEL THAT I CAN LEAVE THE HOUSE IS GRABBING MY KEYS AND MY BOARD AND GOING TO THE MOUNTAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've been going every year since freshmen year..And every year I get a season pass with the same two friends and we go 3- times a week.. Now that I dont go to school everyday it will cool to just wake up and make some breakfast and if i feel like going to the mountain.. then I can just go while all my friend are in school! hah ha ha... LOL

Once I get decent looking I deserve a fun rest of my jr. year as independent study since I had to go through all this accutane craziness.....

[This message has been edited by 16YearsOldLooking4TheCure (edited 12-16-2002).]






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