Eczema Trouble, Are Sunbeds A Good Option

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Jan 11, 2013

Heather S.

I've just started to get bad eczema and people have told me to try the sun beds. Is this a good idea I'm really fair and suffer from dry skin aswell as my eczema :( ??
Also any tips of getting rid of dry skin around the eyes? It won't go and it's hard to cover with makeup, just makes it look worse. Any advice will be appreciated :)

Jan 11, 2013

Marie-Claire M.

Try lipikar baume ap and toleriane ultra by la Roche posay. The latter can be used on the eye lid!

Jan 11, 2013

Heather S.

Thank you! Will give anything and everything a go!!

Jan 11, 2013

Ashley C.

i know this sounds weird...but oatmeal is the BEST moisturizer and it's natural so it won't irritate your skin. just mix some oatmeal with a little water until it forms paste and rub it on the eczema. and then rinse off with water. this should help a ton!

Jan 11, 2013

Analisa W.

I had eczema for years and actually still kinda do during the winter. But it used to be horrible in the inside of my elbow. I found when I got allergy shots the giant patches have disappeared, FOREVER! But if you don't want to do that, go to a doctor. They'll prescribe a hydrocortisone cream that is amped up on all kinds of fun stuff that will make it go away.
I've had eczema on my eyelids too and it's a horrible pest :(

Jan 11, 2013

Loren B.

I'd think the dumbed would dry it out. Is the eczema bacterial? I wonder why the uv would help. It's normally bad for skin. Maybe increases bit d production? Kills bacteria? Ideas? I'd want to know what the uv does to make the eczema go away before I tried it  

Jan 11, 2013

Loren B.

Oops. I meant to type sunbed not dumbed

Jan 11, 2013

Lexi M.

Not sure if tanning would help but for my eczema I use virgin cocoanut oil.. Just put it on the eczema morning & night.. Even my worst breakout was gone in a week! It was a miracle.

Jan 11, 2013

Allie D.

I have eczema and i go tanning for the soul purpose if clearing my skin up! And it works! 

Jan 13, 2013

Miranda K.

I found out that I had eczema at a very young age, maybe around 10? My doctor told my mom to let me tan in the tanning bed a couple times a week to help it. She didn't like the idea so I didn't. But, I tan in the tanning bed now only 2-3 times a week for 10 mins a time & my eczema is much better. Now my daughter has eczema very badly & she will be 2 in April. I was prescribed triamcinolone acetonide to put on any areas where I am having problems. My daughter was just prescribed the same thing but a much weaker formula. I would look into that if you haven't, it works wonders! 

Jan 28, 2013

Elizabeth G.

I used to have severe eczema, like gross rashes allover my chest neck and below my boobs (cute, right?) but tanning and medicated lotions do WONDERS for me, I haven't had an outbreak in almost a year. 

Jan 28, 2013

Coco L.

I have eczema and it gets worse when I tan. I'm photosensitive. I have to wear long sleeves in summer to cover up my arms. Please ask your doctor (a dermatologist) if tanning is a good idea. I wouldn't recommend it based on my own experience but each person is different. Eczema is usually an allergic reaction (it's not a bacterial or fungal infection but you could be having a reaction to either) it is auto-immune response. 

Jan 28, 2013

Amy O.

No. When you have eczema and tan it gets worse. You will also look blotchy where the eczema was. I know from experience. Also, tanning beds are unsafe in general. Your chance of getting cancer after using a sunbed literally triples! DONT USE A SUNBED!

-XOXO Amy

Jan 28, 2013

Melissa E.

David H 8 minutes is too long when starting out. Most places I've been will only let you tan 5 min max for the first few times and on most beds they recommend starting with 3 min for the first week. I first went for my skin and it helped a lot in the long run. When I first started tanning my face broke out more then normal but it cleared up super fast and never came back as long as I tanned. The tanning method doesn't work for everyone. I also use lotion. 

Jan 28, 2013

Kailey S.

I Have Ezema & Its A Big Pain The Trick Is , Is To ALWAYS Keep It Moisturized Put Lotion On It & Go To Your Doctor For A Ezema Perscription Thats What Works BEST (: 

Jan 28, 2013

Allie D.

David, I do not use any tanning lotions because I have sensitive skin, and it be breaks out the rest of my skin. But I was talking to the girl who works at the tanning salon and she said look up the brand called more more more. I was looking into buying it, it has aloe in it, which is always helpful! http://www.tanninglotionsupply.com/...

Jan 28, 2013

Kailey S.

Oh & DO NOT TAN It Makes It Blochy & Its Noticable Even More To Begin With, I Bought Sallys Tanning Leg Spray To Cover Up My Ezema & It Didnt Work It Just Made My Ezema Shiny Lol So Dont Tan 

Jan 28, 2013

Dani C.

I've had eczema my whole life. Really irritating. But I use a hydrocortisone cream that works really well!

Jan 28, 2013

Aii Kejawak K.

vaseline also helps.. it makes the skin smoother as well

Jan 28, 2013

Em L.

Suhlwhasoo skin clarifying mask and a good moisturizer. I'd recommend a good bronzer.

Jan 28, 2013

Karen C.

Check with a dermatologist...the beds used are therapeutic and not cosmetic. No Tan-o-Rama is going to help. If its really out of control a derm may put you on a cascading dose of steroids to get your immune system in check. From there it's about learning the triggers. Eczema is both allergy and stress induced. I am also photosensitive....ironically it's the result if over medicating my skin with topical steroid cream!!  

Jan 28, 2013

Minjee Y.

I'd say so.... I have eczema too girl. About 4 years ago my eczema was so good to me I sweari didn't have it anymore and that it was gone. The secret was I kept hydrated so my skin was always hydrated and I tanned at tanning salons more frequently. Probably at least once or twice a week and i was diggin my tan body and no eczema. But I think it's also contradicting because idk if you feel the same way but sometimes when my skin is too sweaty it makes me itchy there so when the sweat dries away I have that eczema patch of skin... But idk I think sunbeds should actually help a little. Just don't get all crazy excessive with going. 

Jan 28, 2013

Emma T.

Whatever you do, don't pick at it too much. I had it when I was a young girl but I also suffer from dermatillomania so I now have awful scarring on my arms and legs from excessive picking. See a doctor right away (:

Jan 28, 2013

Kayli H.

I have really bad eczema like rashes all over (it's not exactly eczema, but no doctor has been able to diagnose me) and what I've found works amazingly is taking a shower every day and using one of those loofa ball things you can get anywhere and exfoliating your dry areas extremely well, then put on loads of lotion right when you get out. Do NOT dry off first- put your hair in a towel and just lotion up. I like layering Cetaphil, then a body butter, then an anti-itch cream if I need it. I used to have scabs and dryness all over and this method has helped a LOT! Like Emma said, don't pick at it. Keep it covered up if you can, like most of my problem areas are on my legs, so I try to wear thigh high socks at all times. I also wrap my arms at night in ace bandages to keep from scratching and to keep the moisture in. And if you want over night results for just dryness, Vaseline is your best friend. It seriously works wonders, but the consistency is kind of annoying. I use it at night before bed so it can work and do its thing.
You may also want to look at what you're putting into your body. Sometimes, people have eczema issues due to a slight gluten intolerance. My roommate has this, and when she eats gluten you can tell, which is kind funny if you think about it haha. You can also try taking some Biotin pills. They help with hair, skin, and nails. I've been taking it on and off for a while. Make sure you start off with a small dose- it may break you out. It breaks me out- on my legs. Super weird, but whatever. I can deal with a few leg pimples for a few weeks if it means getting nice, normal, hydrated skin. You may not experience this, it's just a warning! :) Good luck!! I hope you get better!!!

Jan 28, 2013

Victoria T.

Tanning beds are a big no, it will make you darker except for the patches of eczema since it is raw skin. If you are really itchy and irritated soak in a bath full of oatmeal, and then moisturize with a thick cream such as eucerin after. Never apply moisturizer on eczema unless you just wash it, it will make it so much more itchy. Ice also helps. Ive suffered with it for 15 years, and the only thing that truly helped was triamcinolone(not sure if that was spelled right). It is a steroid cream so it needs to be prescribed but it cleared up all my eczema in literally less than a month. And i had it very severe, all over my body and face to the point it would crack and bleed. I would definitely look into that, im pretty sure i tried almost everything else and i now have been yet to have a flare up in 3 years. 

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