White spots from tanning can occur for a number of reasons. The four primary reasons which I’ll discuss here are pressure points from the positions in which you tan, side-effects of medications, skin fungal infections, and genetics-related or overexposure-related skin pigmentation conditions.
One of the most common and thankfully least dangerous causes of white spots from tanning are pressure points. People relate tanning to relaxing and thus remaining still. So inevitably, their bodies will rest on pressure points where their circulation will be reduced. Locations such your hip bones and shoulder blades tend to develop these sorts of white spots from tanning most often. I suggest rotating and moving more during your tanning. Of course, this is precisely the kind of problem you wouldn’t have if you chose to sunless spray tan rather than baking yourself in the sun or a tanning bed. Continue reading
If you notice discolored blotches appearing as pink, tan or white spots on your skin — specifically white spots from tanning — it could be from a skin condition known as tinea versicolor. Avoid tanning because this could make it worse instead use sunless tanning products if you want a summer glow, but avoid products that are oily.
Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin, also sometimes known as pityriasis versicolor. This fungus has an impact on normal pigmentation of the skin, which is why it commonly causes white patches after tanning or spending time in the sun. Continue reading
But before you start covering up your vitiligo with makeup, make sure you actually have vitiligo. I know this sounds odd and some may think I sound patronizing, but I’ve lurked in many online forums and on many blogs where people describe symptoms which sound more like a skin fungus than vitiligo but they’ve already diagnosed themselves.
So see a dermatologist and make certain your skin de-pigmentation is a result of vitiligo and not something else. You don’t want to make the mistake of piling makeup on to a fungal infection which might need to breathe as much as possible to be properly treated. Continue reading