Tanning FAQ: What is Photosensitivity?

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Have you noticed that after tanning indoors or outdoors that your skin is a little red or itchy? The itching or mild burning sensation may be caused by a number of things like dry skin, a minor burn, or more. Another explanation, though, could be photosensitivity, a fairly common allergy to sunlight or tanning bulbs.

Photosensitivity is a condition that causes your skin to be sensitive to sunlight, making it have a somewhat more intense reaction when it is exposed to UV rays from either indoor or outdoor tanning.  Symptoms of photosensitivity include burning, stinging, swelling and peeling. If you are photosensitive, it’s probably something you have noticed before with prolonged outdoor exposure.

Photosensitivity can also be caused by the use of medications (including antibiotics, acne medications, antihistamines), beauty products, or even genetics.  If you are experiencing burning or pain after being exposed to UV light, talk to your doctor or dermatologist to know what is causing your condition and how to treat it.

At Sun Tan City, we want you to tan as safely as possible. That’s why we advise you to consult your doctor or dermatologist before starting a tanning routine. And, if you are photosensitive, our Sunless Tanning booth may be the perfect way to get your summer glow!

We hope to see you soon at Sun Tan City, and, as always, happy tanning!


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