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    I hope this doesn't sound too stupid because I am serious.

    I am leaving for California the beginning of Nov.
    I have pretty much stayed OUT of the direct sun this summer.
    I would like SOME color since the sun is so strong (even in Nov) out there.
    and I will be outside a lot with family, not hybernating inside like I have done this summer at home.

    I'm thinking of a tanning booth??????
    Have any of you tried it or been given advice ????????

    thanks, stardust
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    I don't trust tanning booths. I'd use a product like oil of Olay's (sorry, brain fog day and can't remember its exact name.) I haven't had any experience with the spray on tans. Find out what kind of chemicals they use.
    Remember, even with a fake tan, you HAVE to still put on sunscreen when you're out.
    I've been totally staying out of the sun for twenty years now. I will be 50 on Halloween, but people never believe me when I tell my age, because my skin is so youthful. I used to bake, bake, bake in the sun when I was young, and I'm glad I stopped, because sun is the WORST thing you can do to your skin. PALE IS BEAUTIFUL!

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    Default Very very bad idea!!!!

    Most commercial tanning beds emit more UV light than natural tanning outdoors - if you have lupus it can trigger a SEVERE flare - in addition, many medications such as birth control pills and some antibiotics and antidepressants can make you more susceptible to UV radiation, possibly leading to burns and scarring.

    Don't believe the claims that indoor tanning is safe - there is no such thing as a safe tan (except maybe the cosmetic bronzers)

    This is what the American Academy of Dermatology says:
    Light Sensitivity (Photosensitivity) Photo-sensitivity is common in all forms of cutaneous LE. Both the sun burning rays (ultraviolet B light) as well as the tanning rays (ultraviolet A light) can aggravate the skin.

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    Sunscreens are extremely important for people with LE. Prolonged periods of exposure to sunlight, especially between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, should be avoided, as well as tanning parlors and even bare fluorescent light bulbs. In addition, wide-brimmed hats, tightly woven clothing, or sun protective clothing should be worn. A broad-spectrum sunscreen or block (SPF30) with protection against UVA and UVB rays should be reapplied every 2 hours


    This is what the Food and Drug Administration says:

    Some think turning light skin darker gives off an aura of good health. But a suntan actually signals skin damage. When exposed to the sun's ultraviolet radiation, the skin produces a pigment called melanin to protect itself from burning. And while indoor or "sunless" tanning may seem like convenient alternatives, especially during the winter months, these practices may not be risk-free. Before stepping into a tanning booth or buying over-the-counter (OTC) tanning products, consider these facts.

    Indoor tanning can be as harmful as outdoor tanning. More than 1 million people visit tanning salons on an average day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). But many don't know that indoor tanning devices, such as tanning beds and sunlamps, emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation that's similar to and sometimes more powerful than the sun. The Food and Drug Administration discourages the use of tanning beds and sunlamps.

    Be wary of claims about "safe rays" because there is no such thing. Both types of ultraviolet light, UVB and UVA, can cause wrinkling and other signs of premature skin aging, skin cancer, and damage to the eyes and the immune system.

    The FDA enforces regulations related to the labeling and use of these products, while the Federal Trade Commission focuses on false, misleading, and deceptive advertising claims.

    Also remember that some medical conditions such as lupus and diabetes can make skin more sensitive to light, as can some drugs such as birth control pills and medications such as the antibiotic tetracycline.

    Some suntanning products don't contain sunscreen. It only takes a few bad sunburns to raise the risk of skin cancer, and skin damage builds up over years even when no burning occurs. This is why sunscreen, which blocks UVA and UVB, is recommended. The FDA has expressed concern about suntanning products without sunscreen, and encourages consumers to check the labels. Tanning products without sunscreen must display a warning that the product does not protect against sunburn.

    Sunscreen is regulated by the FDA as an OTC drug. Cosmetics that make sun-protection claims are regulated as both drugs and cosmetics. Look for products with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more. The higher the number, the better the protection. Sunscreen should be liberally applied to skin 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and then every 2 hours thereafter.

    I WOULD NOT EVEN CONSIDER A TANNING BED! You might end up too sick to go to California. I know it's hard to get used to, but sun is not your friend when you have lupus. This is an area where you may have to educate your friendas and family, and explain to them that is physically harmful to you to be out in the sun.

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    I really hope you stop and think twice about using the tanning bed. My Lupus was quiet for years. In May I wanted some color and used the tanning beds. I am paying dearly for it right now. My Lupus has come back with a vengence. There is no way a little color is worth all of this. Look for a sunless tanning product. They have come a long way and there are many of them to choose from.
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    I had double checked with my rheumy back in may about going to a tanning bed. I was having a tough time with being white and pastey. I asked her if it would really hurt if I went a couple of times. I thought she was going to strangle me. So, the answer is, don't do it.

    I started using the Jergens self tanning lotion. They make one for your body and one for your face. It did good.

    Trust me, I know this is hard. I worshiped the sun for years and tanning beds. I would hit the beds in Feb. so I would "look good" to tan pool side. We just got a boat last year. I was dx'd in Nov. and have not been on the boat at all this year. I cannot imagine going on the boat with a lot of clothing on, but I will eventually have to adjust.

    Please think about what we have said....I would hate for you to ruin your trip.

    Good Luck,
    Kathy aka Beauchick
    I USE TO SKINNY DIP...NOW I CHUNKY DUNK!

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    OK guys,

    You have scard me out of it!! THANKS

    I didn't know all that!!! I'm glad I asked !!!!

    stardust
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    Yeah, I thought the same thing, and it was fine for me a couple times and one time out of the blue I broke out in a nasty rash all over my legs. Spray tans are a much better option, the products are so much better now than they used to be!
    Kendra Isola, CLEAR Co-Founder

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    Default Sorry, didn't meant to scare you

    But I am glad you decided against the tanning booth. Remember if you do try a self-tanner, test it on a snall patch first - different body chemistry can produce different colors with the products, plus you want to make sure you aren't allergic to it. And as others have cautioned you, the darker tone doesn't protect you from the sun, you still need your sunscreen! I know you are planning some outdoor activities in California, but it's a good idea to stay inside at mid-day when the sun is most intense. Also, many t-shirts and casual clothes are loosely woven and won't protect you from the sun - I got a severe flare in Florida wearing a long-sleeve t-shirt, so I learned that lesson the hard way!

    I hope you have a great time in California!

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    Also when using bronzer tanning products, scrub your knees, elbows and feet before using...the extra dry skin there tends to soak up the product. Wear plastic gloves so the product doesn't soak into your hands too much. And if you get streaks, put some hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball and stroke over the streaks until they match the rest of you.
    Heck, staying out of the sun was one reason why I finally decided to dye my hair red. red hair and pale skin go together!

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    Oh thank heaven you decided against the tanning booth!

    And, when you're with your family, stay covered. Sunscreen under the long sleeves, A HAT (sigh, my mantra) with at least a 4" brim, one that you cannot see light through.

    You can start a style among your family - the hat is good for EVERYONE who wants to keep those pesky crows feet at bay....

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