Tanning for Eczema

There are some people that seem to spend time in the sun with reckless abandon, having no concern for the potential damage that can be caused. On the other hand, some people seem to be ever so mindful of what can happen when you don’t diligently protect your skin from UV rays.

There has been a sufficient amount of information communicated about skin cancer for decades, especially the fact that melanoma from sun exposure can be life threatening. Nevertheless, there is sometimes confusion about what’s dangerous and what’s safe. This is especially true when it comes to tanning for eczema. The information below will hopefully shed light on this topic.

As a disclaimer, while we do our best to make sure all info is accurate, check with your healthcare provider before attempting any new treatment.

About Tanning for Eczema

There are some people with eczema that constantly promote the benefits of tanning to address the symptoms of eczema. Some say that tanning significantly diminishes the visibly of rashes and can sometimes make it disappear altogether. This type of claim is somewhat dangerous because it can cause people with eczema to spend more time in the sun without the proper protection.

There are medical professionals that disagree on whether or not eczema patients should ever spend time in the sun, with or without sunscreen. It’s because there has been contradictory studies concerning the affects of the sun on eczema. What many will agree on is the fact that sun exposure always requires sunscreen. There should never be a situation in which a person goes out into the sun without UV protection.

Benefits of Vitamin D

When considering the link between sunlight and treating eczema, it’s first important to understand that sunlight is a source of Vitamin D. This is why the sun affects your immune system and the health of your skin. Not only is Vitamin D good for your body, it’s also effective at preventing different types of cancer. In fact, it’s understood that people with eczema are often Vitamin D deficient.

Since Vitamin D is beneficial, eczema sufferers can increase their intake through supplementation. They can also use UV light that’s controlled as opposed to simply spending unlimited time in the sun unprotected. Tanning is a way to provide your body with UV light in a controlled environment.

UVA and UVB Rays

Anecdotally, it’s worth mentioning that people who suffer from eczema often have flare ups during the winter months when they don’t spend much time in the sun. It’s also worth noting that individuals who received UVB treatments in a controlled environment didn’t always see the same results that others experienced. However, the same can be said about UVA rays. Incidentally, both UVA and UVB rays can damage the skin, albeit in different ways.

Given the complexities of this topic, it’s important to pay attention to your personal experience when it comes to tanning for eczema, whether you spend time in the sun or use a tanning bed. You should remain in contact with your doctor regarding the risk of skin cancer and any recommendations for how to prevent the disease. A general rule of thumb when it comes to sun exposure and tanning in any form is moderation. While you don't want to deny yourself the benefits of Vitamin D from the sun, you also don't want to put your life at risk.