pros. vs. cons

  1. What is the general consensus of tanning beds?

    I have read that they can be beneficial to people with psoriasis and body acne (back, chest).

    What is your opinion?
    Last edit by luv-my-dal on Jun 17, '03
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   twarlik
    Don't know about their health benefits, but several friends of mine who have used them ended up looking like Oompa Loompas (you know, those little orange guys from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!)
  4. by   LauraF, RN
    Originally posted by twarlik
    Don't know about their health benefits, but several friends of mine who have used them ended up looking like Oompa Loompas (you know, those little orange guys from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!)
    I agree my friends do too. I think they are bad news. Plus their skin still ages. I have a friend who is chronologically 10 years younger then me, but looks so much older then I do. And I'm a moon worshipper. I don't go in the sun at all if it is at all avoidable.
  5. by   H ynnoD
    Never tried one.Don't think that their that popular here in California.
  6. by   gwenith
    Our anti-cancer council just about dismantled all of the tanning beds here. We have the highest skin cancer rate in the world here in QLD and although some skin complaints do well with a little UV we have enough trouble keeping our exposue levels down.
  7. by   rebel_red
    I look like casper the friendly ghost. Only wear makeup so my residents don't think an Irish Banshee has come a calling for them in the middle of the night. Tanning is a foreign concept to me! (As in 10 minutes in the sun and folks start singing "Rock Lobster".)

    Sounds more like your intent was to see if it was beneficial in another area.....No luck with other treatments?? Maybe a post about other treatments would bring a fresh idea?

    Good luck
    Tres
  8. by   Katnip
    My friend had terrible acne on her face and back. She uses Tea Tree Oil from the Body Shop. It works, and it's safer than tanning.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    never ever do i tan. i used to in AZ years back. wish i had not. too frightened of skin ca. so not worth it.
  10. by   nowplayingEDRN
    I do not know how valid but I read or heard that the use of tanning beds are really no safer than if you went sun bathing. After all you have to wear protective eye wear to keep your eyes safe from the UV rays. I also believe that they make a sun screen to use in the tanning beds.... I figure if I am gonna subject myself to the risk of skin CA, I'll at least get some fresh air while doing it. As for the orange colouring, that sounds more like sunless tanning lotion as opposed to a tanning bed....people that I know that use a tanning bed don't have that funny orangey-coppery look to their skin........just my 2 cents worth
  11. by   Ortho_RN
    I use them every now and then.... No tanning beds do not turn you orange.... if you use them all the time for year after year your skin turns leathery looking...

    I'm more of a winter tanner.. I like the feel of the nice warm beds when its cold outside... I don't think tanning beds are any worse than any of the other things that cause cancer... But then again I don't use it enough to be concerned
  12. by   twarlik
    Originally posted by UntamedSpirit
    As for the orange colouring, that sounds more like sunless tanning lotion as opposed to a tanning bed....people that I know that use a tanning bed don't have that funny orangey-coppery look to their skin........just my 2 cents worth
    Maybe it has something to do with amount of time you spend in the bed, because I've known several people who have used tanning beds (not tanning lotion) and ended up looking orange.
    Definitely agree with the comment on getting fresh air!
  13. by   colleen10
    I used to use tanning beds when I was younger, just to look good for prom or get a base tan before vacation, etc.

    Now I wish I didn't. I burn very easily and there really wasn't much of a point to it because I never got a nice deep tan anyway.

    I have read that tanning is supposed to actually make acne worse because in reaction to all that extra exposure to the sun, your skin becomes thicker which exaserbates acne and breakouts.

    I always had clearer skin in the summer time growing up though, but I think it was mostly to lots of time spent in the pool or in the ocean. The chlorine and/or salt water really dried out my skin in a good way and I had less problems with breakouts in the summers.
  14. by   hey_nurse
    my husband has eczema, the sun does help to clear it up. but his demitologist strongly discourages it because of the risk of skin cancer. when i was younger i s used to tan all summer long. now i dont care.

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