Tanning Beds

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2007 - 1:19pm
MommyMegan's picture
Joined: 12/07/2005 - 09:00

My wedding is quickly approaching. I just wanted to know if anyone with PA/TNA has gone tanning and if they did, what lotions did you use or avoid, not use at all?
I know I'll disinfect it as much as possible with the spray.

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2007 - 1:25pm
Precious1971's picture
Joined: 12/21/2005 - 09:00

I was wondering about that too...
I'd like to hear from others' experiences (good and bad).

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2007 - 1:26pm
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Ay-yi-yi. This subject hits home with me. I did mystic tan a few weeks ago. I am not pa, but I have eczema. I cannot do anything with UV because I have had skin cancer. Anyhow, I did mystic tan and had an allergic reaction. I got a horrible rash all over. It looked like poison oak. It just kept spreading from one part of my body to the next. Even my face swelled. The area around my eyes was so swollen that my eyes looked smaller. So since lots of pa people have eczema, if you have sensitive skin beware of mystic tan. The tan looked great, but when I started itching like crazy it was so not-worth-it. I ended up smearing on steriod cream all over, just to be able to live with the itching. I almost went on oral steriods. Definitely not how you want to be on your wedding day.
[This message has been edited by Carefulmom (edited May 25, 2007).]

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2007 - 5:50pm
Christabelle's picture
Joined: 10/03/2004 - 09:00

We don't tan because of cancer and premature aging (by the time your body sends up the tan, it's too late, no matter what - it is a response to detecting damage and shooting up protective coloring)...but my children are all ultra fair and we've used the gamut of sunblock on all of them. They all have had eczema and my oldest is a redhead and PA.
My favorite lotion are the ones they just approved in the US, that block both UV A and B. I bought it from Canada before it was technically approved in the US, because US lotions never did well at blocking the aging rays (UVA).
The good ones contain mexoryl.
My favorite

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2007 - 9:05pm
Precious1971's picture
Joined: 12/21/2005 - 09:00

Thanks everyone for your responses.
I had noticed a sign at the tanning front door stating if you have "skin conditions, blah, blah, etc"... it is not recommended to use the tanning facility without the approval of your doctor.
I do have a skin condition...very sensitive skin & am red all over constantly (looks like sunburn), especially during the hot temps, baths/showers, or when I'm stressed.
I have seen several doctors (GP, Dermatologist, & an allergist), of two docs I was given two different types of steriod shots but the redness came back 3 days later both seperate occassions. The third, dermatologist, had given me some cortisteriod cream & would take an aggressive approach if the cream did not work. Well, the cream works for welts or rashes only...not the redness.
The docs all think it is environmental skin condition --- which like trying to find a needle in a haysack. We'd never find out what is causing the redness in a million years.
Sorry, this turned out to be a blog.

Posted on: Sat, 05/26/2007 - 12:57am
sidni's picture
Joined: 08/28/2004 - 09:00

I've never been tanning but my best friend goes in like... 2 minutes at a time or something, allll the time and always has a perfect, not overdone or orangey but really deep tan. She told me (and who knows if shes right? lol) that if you go in for tiny amounts of time your body is much better able to recover from each round of damage because its very minor, and the tan builds gradually... you just maintain it.
But I always wondered if from the oils and stuff that other people use that you might have a reaction in the tanning bed? I know that one of my brothers, who is a borderline body-builder and serious weight lifter, rubs on some gross oil when he goes to the beach to help him tan more and it has carrot and peanut oil! Yuck.

Posted on: Sat, 05/26/2007 - 2:31am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Christabelle:
[b]We don't tan because of cancer and premature aging (by the time your body sends up the tan, it's too late, no matter what - it is a response to detecting damage and shooting up protective coloring)[/b]
That`s the great thing about mystic tan: there is no UV, so there is no premature aging, skin cancer risk, etc. It is just self tanner, but a much better quality than what you would buy at the drug store, so your skin does not look orange. You go in a booth and it gets sprayed on you, so it is very even. It looks great....just not fun if you get a rash from it. It looks really natural and is totally safe from a skin cancer standpoint.

Posted on: Sat, 05/26/2007 - 7:39am
VariegatedRB's picture
Joined: 11/23/2005 - 09:00

I have seen people who had bad reactions (not PA people, just people with sensitive skin) to taning beds. Even after just a few minutes of tanning. This is NOT something you want to try for the first time right before a wedding.
For the professional spray on tans, you can probably have a skin patch test done before getting the whole body... I am sure you can talk to the manufacturers about ingredients, too.
Tara P

Posted on: Sat, 05/26/2007 - 12:46pm
MommyMegan's picture
Joined: 12/07/2005 - 09:00

Sounds like a plan! I'm scared to even try beer! I don't know what kind would be safe?

Posted on: Sat, 05/26/2007 - 2:55pm
MommyMegan's picture
Joined: 12/07/2005 - 09:00

You mean beer is okay for PA?
Wow. I guess I never thought much about it, due to me never drinking.
My DF loves Bud Light.
At our wedding I was just going to put some Diet Coke in our champagne glasses, since I don't know of any safe alcoholic things (pn tree nut and kiwi free) to drink!

Posted on: Sat, 05/26/2007 - 4:55pm
gw_mom3's picture
Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

Yikes-don't lay in the sun! My friend's sister ended up with skin cancer on her forehead. When they were done with her she had a big hole in her forehead-literally. My friend sent me pictures and they were awful. Then a couple of years later the cancer came back and spread. She had to have surgery on her jaw area and will never be able to use her jaws normally again. I saw pictures of that too-it was worse than the first ones. They think it will probably come back. I laid out all the time as a teen and in my early twenties but after seeing that there is no way I'd be outside for any length of time without sunblock. I don't let my kids out without it either. I'm very lucky to have some color naturally but even if I was lily-white I would not tan.



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