Frequently Asked Questions
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A TAN?
Depending on your skin type, your natural tanning ability, and which sunbeds you use, you may start to see results after your very first session. In Quick beds, it can take 10-14 visits to develop a base tan. The Quicker and Quickest beds will work twice as fast and in an Instant bed or the Sun Angel, you can go from zero to tan in just 2-3 visits.
WHY DOES A TAN FADE?
A tan occurs in the outermost layer of your skin, the epidermis. Cells in the epidermis are constantly reproducing and pushing older cells upward toward the surface of your skin where they are eventually sloughed off. This process of exfoliation occurs naturally every 28-30 days. As your skin replaces its cells, the cells laden with melanin are removed. Therefore, a tan can only be maintained with repeated exposure to UV light.
WHAT IS "HIGH PRESSURE" TANNING?
Specially designed lamps in high pressure beds, like our Instant beds, produce UVA and UVB in different ratios than conventional sunbeds. High Pressure beds emit just enough UVB to stimulate melanin production and a much higher concentration of UVA to oxidize that melanin and turn it to a golden brown. Because the UVB output is extremely limited in high pressure sunbeds, most all skin types are able to enjoy the full session time without burning. The lower UVB output of the Instant beds also means that it doesn't cause as much drying of the skin or accelerate the exfoliation process like conventional sunbeds. The result is a deeper, darker, and longer lasting tan.
HOW DOES THE TANNING PROCESS WORK?
Tanning takes place in the skin's outermost layer, the epidermis, with special cells called melanocytes. When exposed to UVB light (short wave ultraviolet), melanocytes produce the pigment, called melanin. The pinkish melanin travels up through the epidermis and is absorbed by other skin cells. When exposed to UVA light (longer wave), melanin oxidizes or darkens. This is your skin's way of protecting itself against too much UV light. The tanning process is optimized through the use of professional indoor tanning products.
WHAT DOES TANNING LOTION DO?
You need more than UV light to achieve a beautiful and long-lasting suntan. Naturally, your skin will try to reflect UV light in order to prevent sunburn. So when you are tanning in a controlled environment like a sunbed, you want your skin to absorb the UV light in order to oxidize melanin (turn brown) in your skin. Professional tanning products (AKA "lotions") are designed specifically for this purpose.
The indoor tanning products we carry play an important role in the tanning process. Indoor tanning lotions provide critical moisturizers, amino acids, and melanin boosters to your skin to help you achieve a faster, darker, more beautiful tan. Tanning lotion also works to replenish moisture in your skin that is depleted from the tanning process, which, in turn, helps you maintain a longer lasting tan. Remember, healthy skin is the foundation of a beautiful tan.
WHY IS INDOOR TANNING BETTER THAN OUTDOOR?
Speed. Control. Climate. Convenience. It doesn't take all day to get a tan indoors. Depending on your skin type, just a few minutes, not hours. Indoor tanning provides a controlled environment. Our state-of-the-art equipment allows us to monitor and scientifically control your UVA and UVB exposure so that you tan, not burn. Outdoor tanning is often limited by season, location, and weather. Whether it's overcast, rainy, or 90 degrees in the shade, you never have to worry about the weather in our pleasant, climate-controlled environment.
HOW DOES INDOOR TANNING COMPARE TO NATURAL SUN?
Tanning is natural, and it works the same whether you tan outdoors or in a sunbed. The advantage of using sunbeds is having complete operator control over the intensity and duration of a session, which results in minimal risk of an uneven tan or a sunburn.
When it comes to UV light, both summer sunlight and most sunbeds produce pretty much the same kind and mix of sunlight: about 95% UVA and 5% UVB. The difference is that most sunbeds are 2-4 times more intense than summer sunlight. That’s the reason you only stay in a sunbed a few minutes.
Keep in mind, everyone’s skin is different. This is why we conduct a complete evaluation, using the Smart Tan Skin Type System to determine your skin type and set your exposure schedule accordingly. Our system is designed to get you the best possible tan while minimizing the risk of sunburn. You can't get that outdoors.
IS TANNING SAFE?
Neither tanning outdoors nor tanning indoors is completely safe. However, controlled and responsible exposure, preventative and nourishing skin care products, state-of-the art tanning equipment, and expert staff education makes indoor sun tanning at Slick Rock the most control over your body’s natural tanning process you can get.
WHAT IS A "SMART TAN"?
Tanning is your body's natural defense against sunburn. It's what your body was designed to do! But going from a body of sun-deprived skin to a gorgeous, natural tan isn't always foolproof. That's why we educate our tanners with what we call "Smart Tanning." What, you may ask, is the golden rule of smart tanning? Simple: Don't ever burn!
Exposure to UV from sunlight or from a sunbed means something different for a fair-skinned red-head than it does for someone of southern European or African descent. It's not one-size-fits-all.
At Slick Rock, we use a process called skin-typing to determine how sensitive your skin is to UV light. This allows us to determine a proper exposure schedule for you based on your skin type, including which equipment and lotions will work best for you.
We aim to deliver the results you want in the time frame you need while helping you avoid the unnecessary discomfort and damage to your skin that comes with sunburn.
WILL MY SUNBURN TURN INTO A TAN?
Sunburn is completely different from a tan. The red color is increased blood flow sent to the skin to help your body repair the damage done from overexposure. If you are experiencing any signs of sunburn (red, pink, itchy or sensitive skin) you must avoid tanning until the burn has completely healed. Better yet, follow the golden rule of Smart Tanning and don't ever sunburn.
CAN I TAN IF I AM PREGNANT?
Definitely! There is no current scientific and/or biological reason why a pregnant woman cannot tan indoors or outdoors. In fact, some researchers believe the production of vitamin D caused by exposure to UVB may be beneficial to both the mother and the fetus.
The only potential concern for tanning while pregnant is heat. Although heat is inevitably produced by tanning units, all of our sunbeds are ventilated and engineered to maintain temperatures below 100 degrees. As well, several of our sunbeds at Slick Rock feature Temptronic technology, which allows each guest to control the climate during their tanning session and maintain a consistent ambient temperature between 68-82 degrees Farenheit.
As a pregnant woman may find it uncomfortable to lie on her back for an extended period of time, many of our sunbeds feature multi-relax acrylics which provide more support and comfort for guests. Keep in mind, though, switching to a stand-up tanning booth is also an option!
We always recommend consulting your physician and making a decision that feels right for you.
CAN I TAN IF I HAVE TATTOOS?
Absolutely! You can build and maintain a tan while being mindful of your body art. Because the ink of a tattoo exists within the layers of your skin where UV light triggers the tanning process, it’s important to take steps to protect your ink from fading.
In order to keep your tattoos as vibrant as your tan, we recommend using a high SPF on any tattooed areas. We offer a variety of tanning lotions which contain Tattoo Fade Protectant as well as SPF sticks designed to be used on tattoos. Please talk to a Tanning Consultant for details.
I JUST GOT A NEW TATTOO. HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT BEFORE I TAN?
Your tattoo is an investment, just like your tan, and it’s a good idea to let your tattoo heal completely before continuing the tanning process. Skin that has been recently tattooed is trying to complete the cycle of healing, and exposure to UV light from the sun or a tanning bed may affect the results. Please consult your Tattoo Artist if you’re not sure if a tattoo is completely healed.
HOW OFTEN CAN I TAN?
You may only tan once per 24 hours. For best results, we recommend waiting 48 hours between suntan sessions. Since 1986, the Food and Drug Administration guidelines suggest that a 48 hour time interval should pass between tanning sessions. Pigmentation and/or erythema (sunburn) may not be fully visible for between 12-24 hours. Thus, two tanning sessions within a 24 hour period could cause unintentional burn.
WHAT IS A BASE TAN?
A base tan is nature's sunscreen! Building a gradual suntan actually creates two different forms of natural protection against sunburn:
1. Melanin pigment is produced in outer skin cells after being exposed to sunlight. Melanin literally enshrouds and shields skin cells in the epidermis, scattering and/or absorbing UV light and thereby protecting each cell from getting too much UV exposure.
2. After sun exposure, extra keratin migrates to the surface of the skin, thickening it, which makes the skin naturally more resistant to sunburn by limiting the amounf of UV light which could penetrate the lower skin layers.
These two steps combine to create a powerful natural sunscreen that doesn’t wash off quickly.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO DEVELOP A BASE TAN?
The value of a base tan is that it adds another layer to your sunburn protection arsenal – making sunscreen worn outdoors even more effective at preventing sunburn.
Here’s how that works: The effectiveness of sunscreen products are measured in what is called “Sun Protection Factor” (or SPF). An SPF 15 product means a user can spend 15 times longer in the sun while wearing sunscreen before they would sunburn.
Say, for example, a sunbed user begins tanning under the direction of a Smart Tan Certified Tanning Consultant at Slick Rock with 3-minute sessions. After several sessions and gradually increasing the exposure time, that tanner will work her way up to 12-minute sessions. At that point, she has become naturally FOUR TIMES more resilient to sunburn than when she first started tanning. (3 minutes x 4 = 12 minutes). So that tan has an SPF 4 value.
When someone with a base tan uses sunscreen outdoors, they essentially multiply the sunburn-prevention effectiveness of the sunscreen. In other words, an SPF 15 product applied to the skin of a person whose base tan has already made her four times more resilient to sunburn creates a net SPF of 60. (SPF 15 x 4 = SPF 60).
WHY SHOULD I TAN?
Sunlight is absolutely essential to all life on earth. There are various reasons, both biological and psychological, why exposure to light is desirable. In addition, most people believe they look better with a tan. Thus, having a tan may provide a psychological uplift for some.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE TO TAN?
Slick Rock welcomes anyone 18 and older to come in to experience our state-of-the-art tanning services. However, we do employ strict age guidelines for those under the age of 18.
The minimum age for tanning is regulated by individual state laws.
In Washington, persons under eighteen years of age are prohibited from using an ultraviolet tanning device without a written prescription for ultraviolet radiation treatment from a licensed physician. Proof of age must be satisfied with a driver's license or other government-issued identification containing the date of birth and a photograph of the individual.
In Idaho, if you're between the ages of 14 and 18, and would like to enjoy our UV tanning options, you’re welcome to do so provided that your parent or legal guardian co-signs for your Slick Rock Tanning & Spa membership and provides his or her informed consent for you to use our UV tanning equipment and other services by signing our parental consent form.
No one under age 14 may use UV tanning beds at this time. However, guests of all ages are welcome to use our sunless tanning booths.
DO I HAVE TO WEAR GOGGLES WHEN I TAN?
Yes! Your eyelids are too thin to block out UV light, so wearing protective eyewear is a must. In fact, it is so important that we will check to make sure you have your goggles with you before tanning - every time you visit.
Sorry, but a towel or your shirt just won't cut it. Not only do these materials provide very little protection, blocking only 30% of the UV light from penetrating through to your eyes, but they are not FDA approved. Protective eyewear must be certified and approved by the FDA to block at least 99% of UVA and 99.9% of UVB. We offer a selection of goggles that meet federal regulations.
*Also keep in mind that your lips don't produce melanin and therefore cannot tan, so it's always a good idea to wear lip balm with SPF when you are tanning. We provide a SPF lip balm to all of our guests for this reason.
WHAT ABOUT "RACCOON" EYES?
The most commonly stated reason for not wanting to wear protective goggles while tanning is the concern for developing unsightly tan lines around the eyes, also commonly referred to as "raccoon eyes". You can avoid "raccoon eyes" by:
1. Washing your face before tanning. Yes, the No. 1 cause of the dreaded “raccoon eyes” is SPF, not goggles! Most of the facial moisturizers women use contain SPF – by the time you’ve applied your moisturizer, eye treatment cream, dark circle cover-up, foundation and eye shadow, you’ve potentially applied six layers of SPF. This also applies to the guys, as most men’s facial care products also contain SPF. Wash your face and you’ll develop a much more even tan.
2. Move your eye protection. If you adjust the position of your eyewear a bit during your tanning session, you’ll minimize any tan lines.
3. Switch eye protection. Many tanners like to alternate between a couple of different eyewear types. This is just like changing swimsuits – to minimize tan lines.
4. Find the eye protection style that works for you. Every eye is a different size and shape, so find a product that fits you best. We carry several styles, so check out all the options available to you.
Just remember, there are a number of touch-up products available to camoflauge tan lines, and if you wear eye protection, your tan lines will fade with time, but your vision won’t!
WHAY AM I ALWAYS ASKED TO SEE MY GOGGLES BEFORE A TANNING VISIT?
Wearing goggles every time you tan is a requirement. State and federal regulations require that every time you tan, you must wear eyewear that protects against 99% of UVA and 99.9% of UVB light. Your eyelids, sunglasses, towels, or other non regulation compliant items will not filter out UV light. It takes a specially formulated lens to protect your delicate eye tissue from UV exposure. Too much exposure can cause permanent damage to your vision, including cornea burns or degeneration, loss of color vision, loss of vision at night, or even cataracts. We care about your safety, which is why we make absolutely certain that you have federally compliant eyewear each time you choose us for your sun tanning experience.
HOW DO I KNOW THE EQUIPMENT IS CLEAN?
Our goal is to make sure you have complete peace of mind while you’re enjoying time at a Slick Rock Tanning & Spa location. That’s why we take sanitation of our facilities and equipment very seriously. You will never be left wondering about cleanliness when you choose Slick Rock for your tanning experience. After each guest completes his or her session in one of our tanning, sunless or spa units, our team members prepare the room and the equipment for its next use. All tanning equipment, both sunbeds and sunless booths, are sanitized using hospital-grade disinfectant which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But we don’t stop there. Any and all additional furniture that could come in contact with one of our guests during their visit is properly cleaned prior to use. This includes head rests, chairs, handles and acrylic surfaces. Finally, once a Slick Rock team member has properly sanitized all applicable equipment, the cleaning is recorded in our computer system and marked as complete. We will always have a record of the room and equipment being sanitized prior to your visit.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TAN?
At Slick Rock, you can achieve a great tan any time of the year! Year-round access is one of the major benefits of indoor sun tanning and sunless tanning. Unlike tanning outside, indoor tanning in a sunbed is completely controlled and regulated, meaning even, bronze color all year long. In regards to the best time of day to tan, outdoor tanning exposes your skin to different amounts of UVA and UVB during different times of the day. Weather conditions and the thickness of the ozone layer are always changing throughout the day, making your outdoor UV exposure unreliable. Therefore, you may tan very well between the hours of 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. one day, but sit outside for four hours on another day and not get a bit of color. With indoor tanning, you can tan at whatever time of day you like, and your UV exposure will be equal and consistent each time you tan.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR WHEN I TAN?
Your room at Slick Rock is private, and team members and other guests will not interrupt you during your tanning session. You are welcome to wear whatever you like to make the most of your tanning experience. Many of our guests prefer to tan nude, as it provides the most even coverage and eliminates the possibility of tan lines. However, because certain areas of your body that are not accustomed to being exposed to sunlight will be exposed to UV light during your indoor tanning sessions, we recommend introducing those areas to UV light from our sunbeds at a moderate pace. For those with concerns about sanitation or modesty, you are welcome to wear undergarments or swimwear of any coverage level. The choice is yours!
HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY TAN?
It takes a little bit of extra care in order to keep your tan looking its very best, but not a lot of time. All of the products we carry are formulated specifically for tanners and will not only keep your skin well-nourished, but replenish essential moisture, vitamins and amino acids to keep your tan glowing and vibrant. Ask your Tanning Consultant which products are best for your skin type! When showering, consider using the gentle ingredients of a tan-extending body wash. It is a great way to cleanse your skin while also nourishing and extending your tan. After showering, liberally apply one of our tan extenders. Our tan-extending lotions feature special enhancers that will help your tan last longer while nourishing and softening skin. For maximum tan effectiveness, be sure to drink plenty of water to replenish your skin from the inside, too. Finally, always wait a full 24 hours for the tanning process to complete before coming back to tan again. As long as your skin stays soft and healthy and shows no signs of reddening, we welcome you to come back in and continue to deepen your color and maintain your perfect golden hue.
WHAT CAUSES WHITE SPOTS?
There are several reasons why white spots become noticeable on the body once the tanning process begins:
1) Patches of skin which do not tan could be the result of genetic determination. The melanocytes in that certain area may simply not be efficient at producing melanin.
2) White spots could also appear due to the presence of a fungus which lives on the skin's surface. Everyone's skin has this fungus — it occurs naturally, even on healthy skin. While the fungus is harmless (the patches are not painful or contagious), it does absorb UV light which would normally penetrate the skin. It is important to note that the fungus did not appear as a result of tanning, it merely becomes noticeable once tanning occurs. It can be remedied through the use of prescription drugs or some other topical lotions. We recommend Selenium sulfide 2.5% strength to be used on the body to treat tinea versicolor.
3) White patches of skin, which are often prominent on the shoulder blades and just above the buttocks, can be caused by pressure from the body as it reclines on a hard surface. This pressure inhibits the flow of blood through that area of the skin. Since blood carries oxygen which is essential to the tanning process, this area does not tan. The solution is simple: periodic shifting or wiggling will make the white patches disappear.
4) Certain medications can react unfavorably with exposue to UV light. For example, birth control pills can cause blotches and uneven pigmentation of the skin.
CAN INDOOR TANNING HELP WITH ACNE?
Phototherapy (or use of UV light) has been effective in easing the skin problems common to this condition. There are many drugs, including tetracycline and Retin-A, which are also widely used for treatment of acne. Because these drugs can render the skin photosensitive, one must avoid UV exposure when medicated. Furthermore, the use of UV light for acne treatment should only be administered by a qualified physician. The Food and Drug Administration prohibits indoor tanning equipment operators from asserting that equipment use is beneficial for any purpose other than obtaining cosmetic coloring.
DOES TANNING HELP TREAT DEPRESSION OR SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD)?
There exists a growing body of scientific evidence which suggests that some people actually require more light exposure in order to function properly. Exposure to bright light, such as that emitted by the mid-day summer sun, causes the brain to suppress the release of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin acts as a depressant in the body if generated during the daytime. Thus, when affected people are exposed to longer hours of bright light, the feel happier, euphoric and more able to enjoy life. Bright light sources emitting only visible light are now frequently used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Sub-syndromal Seasonal Affective Disorder (SSAD). Again, the Food and Drug Administration prohibits indoor tanning equipment operators from asserting that equipment use is beneficial for any purpose other than obtaining cosmetic coloring.
CAN INDOOR TANNING EQUIPMENT BE USED TO TREAT PSORIASIS?
The Food and Drug Administration forbids making representations regarding the benefits of indoor tanning other than its cosmetic benefit. Therefore, one may not make medical claims about indoor tanning equipment.
However, phototherapy (or UV light treatment) can be used to ease the symptoms of psoriasis. The treatment is rendered by a trained physician with equipment specificallt designed for such purpose.
WHY IS VITAMIN D CALLED THE "SUNSHINE VITAMIN"?
Vitamin D is produced by our skin when we expose our skin to UVB light emitted by the sun and by the vast majority of sunbeds used in indoor tanning salons. While the Food and Drug Administration forbids making representations regarding the benefits of indoor tanning other than its cosmetic benefit, an undeniable physiological side effect of UV expsure is vitamin D production.
While you do not have to become tan for your skin to make vitamin D, peer-reviewed studies have established that sunbed users as a group have significantly higher vitamin D levels when compared with non-tanners. One Canadian study showed that sunbed users in Canada have the highest vitamin D levels in that country, and that most Canadians are vitamin D deficient.
SHOULD I BE WORRIED ABOUT TANNING MY FACE?
Excessive exposure to UV light can destroy the resilient fibers of the lower skin layer, thereby causing the top skin layer to sag. Thus, elastosis or wrinkling appears. Excessive being the key word here. At Slick Rock, we promote moderate exposure for your face and body in order to maintain a healthy, youthful appearance. We don't just want you to look great now, but 10 years from now! Thus, we encourage you to be mindful of the areas of your body, such as your face and décolleté, which may receive more exposure on a daily basis simply from driving or walking to and from outside. For this very reason, we aslo suggest using a full-spectrum SPF on days when you will be tanning indoors as well as receiving UV exposure outdoors.
If one makes the decision to tan their face, it is recommended to use a professional tanning lotion designed for the face to protect the delicate facial skin, promote elasticity and fight the chronological signs of aging. Talk to a Tanning Consultant about which tanning lotions are best for your skin type.
Note: All sunbeds at Slick Rock above the Quick level provide optional facial tanners, so those who prefer not to tan their face may turn the facial tanning off during their sessions.
Worried about wrinkles and skin-aging? Check out our Beauty Angel, which combines Red Light Therapy with Whole Body Vibration to fight chronological signs of aging and promote total body and skin enhancement!
WHAT ARE "SKIN TYPES"?
"Skin typing" is a method for determining one's natural ability to produce melanin. Skin types are hereditary and cannot be altered by outside influences.
At Slick Rock, all of our Tanning Consultants are certified in Skin Typing and will perform a skin type analysis for you before you are ever able to step foot into a sunbed. Based on your skin type and tanning goals, your Tanning Consultant will create a customized tanning plan, called your Perfect Tan Plan, which combines the best UV and sunless tanning equipment, lotions and skin care prodcuts, and exposure schedule in order to help you achieve your desired level of bronze.
Skin types range from Skin Type I (albino) to Skin Type VI (African American). Skin types are classified according to a person's tendencies to sunburn and/or tan. While all of us, regardless of skin type, have about the same number of melanocytes in our skin, we vary in our ability to product melanin. It is this production capability which results in a certain skin type.
IF A PERSON CANNOT TAN IN THE SUN, WILL HE/SHE TAN INDOORS?
Normally, a person tans indoors only as well as he/she is able to tan outdoors. Yet, those fair-skinned people who generally cannot tolerate the uncontrollable rays of the sun often achieve some color when tanning indoors. This can be attributed to a different spectral output as well as carefully timed tanning sessions in a controlled tanning environment. Skin type, heredity, and individual photosensitivities determine who will have success tanning indoors.
WHAT IS SPF?
SPF stands for "Sun Protection Factor" and is the standard means of expressing a sunscreen's effectiveness in protecting the skin. It represents a ratio of the minimal erythemal dose (MED) to the MED on unprotected skin. The SPF valie is the length of time a person can be exposed to UV light when a sunscreen is applied compared to when it is not. For example, an SPF of 15 means one can be exposed 15 times longer with a sunscreen than without it.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SUNBLOCK AND SUNSCREEN?
Sunblocks are opaque formulations which absorb, reflect and scatter up to 99% of both UV and visible light. They are often used on localized, sun-sensitive areas such as the nose, lips, ears and shoulders. Because they are messy and may stain clothing, sunblocks may not be practical for application over large areas. An example of a sunblock is zinc oxide.
On the other hand, sunscreens absorb specific wavelengths and are classified as drugs by the FDA. Sunscreens are considered more cosmedically refined due to their pleasing consistency and are, therefore, more commonly used to protect from sun overexposure. Sunscreen chemical agents are divided up into three groups: those which absorb UVA, those which primarily absorb UVB and those which absorb both wavelengths. It is preferable to select broadband or full-spectrum sunscreens, as they protect against both UVB and UVA penetration.
At Slick Rock, we carry a few different sunscreens which are formulated with the best skin care ingredients, and will not only protect your skin from overexposure when outside, but promote the longevity of your tan with tan enhancing skin care benefits and no-oil, no-sulfate formulas.
CAN INDOOR TANNING CAUSE CANCER?
Excessive exposure to any UV light source may increase the risk of skin cancer. If one is predisposed to skin cancer or has a hereditary link, exposure to UV light (indoors or outdoors) should be avoided. It is recommended that all UV exposure be moderate.
DOES TANNING CAUSE MELANOMA, A FATAL FORM OF SKIN CANCER?
There is no conclusive evidence which substantiates that malignant melanoma is caused by gradual, moderate UV exposure. However, those who are predisposed to develop melanoma due to hereditary factors may intensify this condition with exposure to indoor or outdoor UV light.
While some studies have suggested a link between severe sunburn and malignant melanoma, there are other studies available that prove and inverse relationship. In a study published in the International Journal of Cancer in 1989 (known as the Western Canada Melanoma Study), Canadian researchers found a significant inverse association between melanoma and chronic or long-term occupational sun exposure in men, with the lowest risk in those with maximum occupational exposure. This suggests that repeated exposure may be protective. Gradual, moderate exposure is not believed to be a strong influential factor as melanoma generally develops on those areas not normally exposed to UV light.
WHAT IS A "PHOTOSENSITIZING AGENT"?
Photosensitivity can be defined as a chemically induced change in the skin that makes an individual unusually sensitive to light. Photosensitivity may be caused by diseases, allergies, cosmetics and/or medications.
Medications such as psoralen, diuretics, birth control pills, tranquilizers, antibiotics and high blood pressure medicine may also affect one's photosensitivity. Certain substances such as citrus fruits, celery, cosmetics and soaps can also increase photosensitivity. Harsh disinfectants, some lotions and sunscreens may also cause sensitizing reactions.
For a complete list of photosensitizing agents, see next FAQ.
DO YOU HAVE A LIST OF PHOTOSENSITIZING AGENTS?
If you are taking any medications, please consult with your doctor prior to tanning.
Anti-inflammotory drugs (Ibuprofen, Ketoprofen, Naproxen, etc.)
Anticholesterol medications Antidepressants
Blood Pressure Medications
Coal Tar Productions (Tegrin, Denorex)
Oral Contaceptives & estrogen
Oral Diabetes meds
Sulphur based meds
Diuretics (fluid Pills)
Some Antimalarials-fansidar (a sulfa drug)
Some deodorants (perfumes, colognes)
Some Herbal Products
Grass (wheat, barley)
Lady’s Thumb (tea)
DRUGS/ DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
Acridine preparations (slight)
Agave Lechuguilla (amaryllis)
Anesthetics (Procaine group)
Belladonna & Opium
Bithionol (Actamer, lorothidol)
Blankophores (sulpha derivatives)
Botulinum Toxin type A
Carbamazepine & trimethadione
Carbinoxamine d-form (Twiston R-A)
Coal Tar derivatives
Despipramine (Norpramin pertofrane)
Glyceryl P Aminobenzoate (sunscreen)
Gold Salts (compounds)
Gold Sodium Thiomalate
Hydrochlorothiazide (Esidri, HydroDiuril)