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Old 06-13-2005, 04:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Help!!!I have my own tanning bed and have laid before but stopped for a long time and have just started back.So far I have been laying for 3weeks and I have little white dots where my pores or hair follicles actually are but they're staying white and look like little white dots,at first I thought it was a fungus but it is not cause I went to the doctor and she didn't know a thing about tanning so I came here so can someone please tell me what I can do to tan them
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You need a new doc.

Look up "tinea versicolor" on the internet. It is a very common yeast type of fungus associated with hair. The white spots aren't really white; they just aren't as tan as the surrounding skin.

There are many over the counter remedies like selenium sulfide shampoos. Use it on your hair and also as a body wash. (Selsum Blue and Extra Strength Head and Shoulders)

Also try: miconazole (Monistat and Micatin), clotrimazole (Lotrimin and Mycelex)

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You likely are using mineral oil based skin care products. As this product clogs your pores it prevents any quality lotions or sunlight from getting through.

Any time we see this on a tanner we advise them to eliminate all Mineral oil products and any other pore blocking products.

In EVERY case they have started to tan correctly after stopping all mineral oil use.

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Also there is a product called "HALT" by Norvell For the Spots themselves and Selum blue for your hair or the above 2 threads has a more complete list...specifically for Tinea Versicolor..if indeed that is the problem..Most all tanning salons (Hopefully) can recognize this problem as we are trained in the detection of that and many other disorders...HOWEVER, we are NOT Doctors and if you stopped at a salon and they don't recognize it either...I would not hesitate one minute to recommend you go to another Doctor to confirm their opinion if needed also...just as Jim suggested..

"Tinea versicolor is a fungus infection that mainly affects the skin of young people. This common condition is unsightly, but it is neither permanent nor serious. Spots can be either light- or reddish- brown or else lighter than the surrounding skin (hence, the name "versicolor"). There may be just a few spots, or there can be so many that they run together (like a shawl) and make it seem that islands of normal skin color are the spots, not the other way around.

What causes tinea versicolor?

The cause of this condition is a yeast called Pityrosporum orbiculare (which also is known as Malassezia furfur). This yeast is lipophilic, which means it likes fat. This explains why the condition is common on areas of the body that have a lot of sebaceous (oil) glands; mainly the chest, back, and shoulders. Sometimes, a few stray spots appear on the arms, legs, or groin. For some reason (fortunately!), the face rarely is affected.

This yeast is actually a normal resident of our skin. Factors like heat, humidity, and sweat help it proliferate in some people, resulting in a visible rash. Tinea versicolor is not contagious. Mostly, the condition appears in warm weather, or, at any rate, becomes noticeable only when we wear more revealing clothes and the sun tans the rest of the skin and highlights the parts affected by fungus.

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I also ment to say my sister tans also and she does have the tinea versicolor she has white dots on her arms and legs and we also go to the same doctor.She doesn't use my tanning bed though she goes to a public tanning salon,and going by what the tinea versicolor description I never had pink/red dots before I layed and they're not pink/red now they're white and they are right on my pores so I thought it could be that they are getting clogged somehow or maybe it is my lotion.
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