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Yesterday I went tanning for the first time, i went in for 12 min. No noticable change in skin color but back acne seems to be a little bit dried out.

Today i went again only for 15 minutes and I am a little darker in skin color and acne looks even drier.

I will probably go again tommrow.

Im also starting back on Retin A micro which i know makes you more sensitive to the sun. Will my tan be uneven? Will it fuck it up?

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tanning like that will give you a nice tan while your young, but when you get old you sure will look like it. I think tanning to rid your acne is doing more harm, eventual wrinkling, than good for your skin.

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I believe with acne medications that make you more sensative to the sun (Accutane, RetinA, BP) you will just burn easier. So you have to be careful.


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the retin-A causes exfoliation. Derms often refer to it as "a peeling agent", which might cause the tan to look very uneven. Personally, I've found that Tazorac (another retinoid, slightly stronger than retin-A) causes significant exfoliation around spots, but not the rest of my skin - which would likely leave you with uneven colored patches.


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Be careful if your tanning for the first time. I would maybe only do it for a few minutes then stop, gradually building up over time. The next time you go you could easily burn yourself if your not used to it.


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Even if you were completely black you would still be able to burn. I believe totally black skin offers some protection against the sun, but not that much. I read somewhere it is like spf 6 or spf 8. When you are white and totally tanned it is spf 4. But you still get a lot of skin damage and the UV is still burning on your skin. You only don't notice it that much because the rednes isnt visible.

Thats why a lot of black people on the beach still wear sunscreen, to avoid skin damage (wrinkles in the future).


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^ Yup, you're about dead on with that!

I highly recommend not indoor tanning! It's not worth the risk of wrinkles and skin damage. Just imagine... When your 40 you will have wrinkled leathery skin and age spots. Yuck!

Just wear a low grade sunscreen when you're outside. It's safer than indoor tanning.

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indoor tanning is actually WORSE than outdoor tanning

why?

i can't remember fully, but they limit the UV spectrum to just the one that causes the tanning reaction (which is also the most damaing), basically your getting a full dose of the most damaging type of ray.

also your not wearing any sunscreen at all.

just get yourself some self tanner. the new ones are much better than the tacky old ones, they are smooth elegant and are not orangey.


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indoor tanning is safer because you get a standarized mixture of uva and uvb rays to minimize burning and outdoor tanning you dont know how much sun you are getting so you are more likey to burn and when you burn is when you are damaging the skin cool.gif


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