If you suffer from eczema, you’re probably on the lookout for solutions. Something that may come up in your research is eczema and tanning beds. There is a lot of information out there, as well as a lot of conflicting opinions. Let’s take a closer look at whether tanning bed help eczema.
Please keep in mind that although what we discuss in this post can relieve eczema for some people, tanning beds are not a cure for eczema and do not work for everyone.There are dangers associated with the tanning bed, including skin cancer and skin damage.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that’s associated with a damaged skin barrier. This damaged skin barrier has trouble retaining moisture which results in incredibly dry and itchy skin. It’s further characterized by redness, scaliness, and perhaps even blisters that leak fluid.
Although research isn’t sure what causes eczema, it’s believed to be linked to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. For example, pet fur, sweat, cleaning products, certain fabrics, certain foods, jewelry, and cosmetics are all examples of substances that may trigger a flare up.
Eczema can develop at any age but it typically first appears during childhood. There is no cure for eczema but there are ways to soothe and manage symptoms.
Eczema and the Sun
Eczema and the sun have a tricky relationship. On the one hand, vitamin D is good for eczema-prone skin as it releases a compound known as nitric oxide that can help reduce eczema symptoms. However, as the saying goes, too much of a good thing can be dangerous. That’s why moderation is a key part of sun exposure.
Burning the skin can not only lead to increased inflammation and irritation, but also cause premature aging or increase the risk of skin cancer. A distinct lack of sunlight can also be harmful, however.
Actively avoiding the sun can change the skin's barrier function and dull the body's natural inflammatory response.
Eczema and Tanning Beds
As an alternative to natural sunlight, some people have turned towards tanning beds. Whether tanning beds are effective or not can differ for everyone. In general, there is evidence to suggest that tanning beds can be an effective eczema remedy when used in moderation. This isn’t to suggest that sunbeds are a miracle cure for eczema. They certainly don’t work for everyone and may actually make flare ups worse after a session.
People with severe eczema may also find them of no benefit. However, as a supplementary treatment alongside a natural skincare routine and a healthy lifestyle, tanning beds may support your eczema healing journey.
Eczema Sun Tips
It’s important to note that for some people, heat and sweat can make eczema symptoms worse.
Regardless, safe sun exposure is essential for everyone. How long you spend in the sun will depend on how sensitive your skin is to sunlight.
In general, it’s recommended to get 10 to 30 minutes of sunlight several times per week. Excessive sun exposure can lead to sunburn, skin cancer, and uneven skin tone. When spending time in the sun, be sure to wear sunscreen and protective clothing.
Here are some breathable garments that provide 35-50+ UV protection to protect the skin from harmful UV rays:
Bio: Kazandra is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company with a flair for creative storytelling rooted in strategy. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.