White Spots from Tanning

White Spots from Tanning

There may be development of white spots during the tanning process. There are a number of reasons for developing white spots. Here is some useful information...
BeautiSecrets Staff
Tanning is mainly caused due to an overexposure to the sun. Many people opt for a personal tanning for numerous reasons such as dealing with various skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, treating Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or even to prepare themselves to spend the vacation on a sunny beach. During the tanning process, you must adopt some preventive measures and precautions in order to avoid an abuse of tanning bed or overexposure. There may be a development of skin pigmentation or white spots from tanning because of overexposure to UV rays of the sun.

Causes

There are several causes for this condition such as overexposure to the UV rays, medications, skin fungus and pressure points.
  • Skin Pigmentation: In some people, white spots appear after a prolonged exposure to UV rays, either from the tanning beds or the sun. There may be a genetic trait in the skin cells, due to which these cells don't produce melanin in some areas of skin. They are unaffected by the tanning process, which results in a development of white spots. In some cases, white spots may result from excessive sun exposure at an early age. In such cases, an ability of the skin to produce melanin consistently is damaged. This condition is known as idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis. In such cases, if you try more tanning, white spots may become more remarkable due to a darker skin around them. There is no cure for such types of white spots.
  • Medications: White spots may develop due to certain medications, which make the skin extremely sensitive and vulnerable to the UV rays. Birth control pills and antibiotics such as tetracycline are the most common medications to cause white spots. Due to these medications, the skin tans quite unevenly, producing white spots. This side effect is referred to as skin photosensitivity. If you are likely to expose the sunrays more frequently, then let your doctor know about it, when he/she prescribes any drug.
  • Skin Fungus: Fungal infections of the skin also cause white spots on the skin. These infections prevent the UV rays from tanning the skin. It leads to the pigmentation of the skin in irregular patterns, appearing as white blotches. It occurs due to a non-contagious form of fungus, caused by sweating and exposure to persistent heat. This problem can be treated with over-the-counter ointments, or prescription creams or pills, or ordinary antifungal medications.
  • Pressure Points: It is one of the most common and least dangerous causes of developing light spots. These are certain points of the skin that are directly pressed against the tanning bed. It results in a reduced blood flow to these points, especially in the areas of hipbones, shoulder blades or elbows during a tanning session. These areas are more prone to develop white spots during tanning. You can eliminate this problem by switching the positions and regular movement in the tanning bed.
Always remember, when you notice white spots due to tanning, consult your doctor immediately for the correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment.