Originally Posted by MGM
I have a question for those of you who use tanning beds to help cure breakouts of psoriasis... how long did you have to get in the tanning bed before you noticed improvement??
I have been using one for about 2 weeks and I have noticed that the places on my skin are turning very white and scaly. Any input is appreciated.
Aren't your psoriasis patches white and scaly? (Mine are.) Tanning does make the skin more dry than it would usually be, so these could just be extreme dry skin.
Please don't use a tanning bed to help psoriasis. They really aren't meant for that and you'll get very very tan before you see significant improvement. (Of course, there are people out there that swear by them. It's just that I've met several people who have tried and it didn't work, and they were sorry they spent the money and the time. As with anything else, your mileage may vary.) Consider instead a UV treatment you can get at your doctor's office. Insurance usually covers these and they're much gentler on the skin. You won't tan, though, althought your skin may get a bit drier. I've been going for about a year and I can say that my psoriasis has significantly improved. I'm not using any steroids any more either. Just a good cream to keep my patches moist so they don't crack. These also make tar shampoos and other tar products work great!
I know, I've not answered your question, please forgive me.