Prom is Coming Up and I Really Want a Nice Tan! Can I Use a Tanning Bed Even if I Am on Finacea?

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Re: Tanning With A Tanning Bed

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The use of a tanning bed is not recommended under any circumstance.  UV rays are very damaging to the skin. They change the oxygen molecules on your skin by making them highly unstable (i.e. free radicals). These compounds will damage other tissues and cell structures (e.g. collagen and elastin). This contributes to the premature aging of your skin, that may require wrinkle treatment at an earlier point in your life.


Also UV rays can alter the DNA code in your skin cells, increasing your risk of developing skin cancer.

As an alternative, if you want a nice tan for prom, consider a professional spray tan session, which is much safer than the use of a tanning bed. 


Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Tanning and Prom

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No, don't use a tanning bed under any circumstances. Look online about how dangerous it is and how much long-term damage it causes. No, no, no. Use a self tanner, or spray tan. Do not use tanning beds. And second, no it's not a good mix with finacea and could cause you significant burns.

Never use a tanning bed

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You should never use a tanning bed.  It is more dangerous than sun exposure since you do not know the amount of ultraviolet A radiation you are receiving. Try a self-tanning lotion instead.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist

Can You Use a Tanning Bed for an Upcoming Prom

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According to a recent study, the risk of skin cancer from tanning beds is two times higher than the risk of spending the same amount of time outdoors.

Ultraviolet light whether from natural (i.e. sun) or artificial (i.e. tanning beds) sources leads to skin cancers, wrinkles, blotchy pigmentation, dilated blood vessels, premature breakage of collagen and elastic fibers. It's really not worth it. In addition, there are many states and foreign countries that are limiting access to tanning beds for minors to help decrease the risk associated with tanning beds.

If you want to have a tanned appearance, use one of the fake tans (ie.spray on or tan in a bottle), which are usually a mild dye that gives a tanned color to the skin for several days. Many of the current brands work very well and give a "natural" appearance (quotation marks because fair, non-damaged skin is actually more natural, especially to a dermatologist). Good luck.

Andrew Kaufman, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Why not try a spray tan? Gets you an instant color change with no risk of UV damage. Tanning beds are really unsafe as they deliver uncontrolled amounts of UV light which over time can cause skin cancer, not to mention wrinkles and freckles!

Tracy Katz, MD
Houston Dermatologic Surgeon

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