I used to tan in solariums which in the long run made my skin worse, it has cleared my back with natural sunlight + Roaccutane but I spent years trying to rid acne by tanning and it only ever masks it, not cure it.
You are right, tanning does not cure acne, no one ever claimed it did. Thing is though, NOTHING cures acne!! There is no cure to acne! All of the "cures" discussed on this board simply deal with symptoms and when stopped, acne returns. Tanning definitely reduces the appearance of acne and for that reason I - and many others on here - will continue to bake!
Those who bake to control acne may end up with skin cancer. I learned the hard way, that is, skin cancer does not rear it's ugly head in earlier years but in retirement years the accumulation of sun during your life shows up big time. Sun exposure is accumulative.
see my other posts on tanning....i dont get why you anti-tanners don't seem to be getting the point we are making - we ARE AWARE of the risks of tanning and choose to take them anyway, just like smokers, drinkers, speeders, skydivers, bungee jumpers, etc.
I think if you want to tan go ahead and tan! I wish I could but I don't because I found that using self- tanners works just as well and I don't have to worry about the risks. Also I used to tan constantly when I was in high school before I ever had acne and I think it had alot to do with my skin problems now. My skin doesn't seem to heal as fast as it used to. Tanning and burning does make your skin thicker and I just feel ugly when I tan alot. I think if you want to though and it gives you more self- confidence then go for it!
Babygirl, what self tanner do you use? Also, do you use it on your face? I tan at the beds (once a week) + use self tanner (Loreal Sublime Gelee).. but I am sooo scared to put it on my face in fear of breaking out... so I have a really tan body and white face. Does it break you out?