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rhondamac
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   Posted 2/23/2011 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it possible for tanning beds to actually help the skin of someone with lupus? I tanned quite a bit last year and my skin felt better. Before that, I had rashes, my skin was so sensative and it itched like crazy. It seemed like the tanning process actually gave me more oil in my skin.
Don't know if that really makes any sense but I have noticed a big difference since I stopped tanning.
 
 

Lynnwood
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   Posted 2/23/2011 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
For most of us, Lupus and common lupus meds make us hyper-sensitive to the sun, so tanning would make our Lupus WORSE.

Most rheumies recommend we stay away from the sun and far away from a tanning bed, as it causes flares for so many of us.

If your lupus or your meds have changed since last you tanned, I would think very carefully before I tried it again.
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rhondamac
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   Posted 2/23/2011 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info Lynnwood! And yes my meds have changed. I will bring it up the the Dr. when I go Friday!
Thanks again! Have a great day!!!!

SIKbailey
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   Posted 2/24/2011 3:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't say anything for tanning beds specifically, since I was diagnosed at a young age I've never been in a tanning bed. But, being out in the sun for too long, as Lynnwood said, tends to send me into a flare. This past summer however, I would put sunscreen on, and then go outside for maybe 20 minutes a day. It wasn't enough to get any color but I noticed a MAJOR improvement in my skin. It was less flaky and itchy, and my acne cleared up quite a bit. So it will obviously affect each person differently, but in my experience a little sun exposure goes a looong way.

mechiko
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   Posted 2/24/2011 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know about tanning beds since I'm on meds that make me hyper-sensitive to the sun, but I wanted to chime in and say that I have found through much trial and error that skin products irritate my skin. I now use Dr. Bronner's soap (super mild vegetable based soap) on my skin and use baking soda to clean my hair (the 'no poo' method). My skin has improved greatly since I stopped using conventional shampoo and body wash.


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rhondamac
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   Posted 2/25/2011 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Rhuemysaid no tanning! I am so sad because my boyfriend has a place at the lake, he loves to fish and be out on the boat in the spring and summer. How am I going to fit in to his lifestyle if I have to stay out of the sun? I thought that was just for Lupus??? I supposedly dont have Lupus... I have MCTD... I am having a hard time following this... Especially because I found my skin to be in better condition when I was tanning. I don't know... I am so confused and discouraged!

Lynnwood
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   Posted 2/25/2011 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Some of us can tolerate the sun better than others. And there is a lot of clothing made these days with protection built in - also hats, scarves, long sleeved overblouses, etc. Sunscreen -- for me, the heat is also a big favor - my skin gets red & inflamed from heat/sweat whether I'm in the sun or not. Umbrellas...
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