Are you wondering how to treat a heat rash you think you got from a from being in a tanning bed? Over exposure to UV rays can cause skin irritation and especially for those of you with fair sensitive skin. Tanning beds give off excessive amounts of ultraviolet radiation. You may want to call the salon to ask if they recently put in new bulb. They should warn you ahead of time if they've replaced old bulbs and encourage you to tan for a shorter amount of time than your usual sessions.
A heat rash from tanning bed is also known as sweat rash or prickly heat but its scientific name is Miliaria. Generally speaking it's due to being overheated in the tanning bed, being in there for too long and not allowing the skin to breathe but rather being forced to perspire and sweat causing the skin to be irritated.
So here are a few tips on how to treat a heat rash from tanning bed overexposure:
ATTN: The very first thing you always want to do is to check it out with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure it's not something more serious, like an allergy to something else say like your tanning lotion or the cleaner used to clean the bed itself.
- Avoid further sun and fake UV ray exposure until the rash clears up
- Avoid heat and sweating (lay off excessive exercise for a few days)
- If you live somewhere hot and humid try to stay in an air conditioned location as much as you can
- Avoid wearing tight clothing - allow the skin to breathe with light cotton clothing that is airy
- Take a cool shower and do NOT soak in a hot tub or have a long warm bath as this may cause more irritation to the inflammation
- Try gently applying a topical ointment like hydrocortisone cream to the rash (always read the label)
- Drink lots of water and stay hydrated
- Try applying a cool cloth to soothe the irritation
- Try aloe gel but avoid other oil-base lotions despite what you might read in other forums
- If the rash doesn't clear up within a few days then do make sure you get it looked at
Now with so much information out there one can't claim they didn't already know about the potential harmful effects that indoor fake tanning can have. A skin rash is probably the least of your worries considering what dermatologists and doctors have to say... Maybe it's a wake-up call. But at least you're being responsible and finding out how to treat a heat rash from tanning bed, so kudos to you.
Nowadays there are a lot of safer alternatives like spray tanning and bronzing lotions/powders to use in replacement. However, even with all of these endless amounts of options fake indoor uv tanning is still popular, especially amongst women between the ages of 16-35. It's no wonder though, since the media reminds us that the most beautiful women are those with glowing bronzed skin. The messages really don't do us any favors. All in all, try to be smart and safe.
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