Easy Ways to Cure White Spots from Tanning

White spots from tanning is a common skin infection among adolescents and adults during summer when they are exposed a lot to the sun. The spots are actually caused due to skin infections that block creation of melanin in the affected part of the skin. This is the reason that the infection becomes evident when one is trying to get tanned. When the rest of the body gets tanned, the infected area remains white in color. We tell you how to cure the white spots from tanning.

Causes of White Spots on the body

Easy Ways to Cure White Spots from Tanning

The skin infections that cause the white spots change the color and texture of the skin. These changes are more pronounced when the skin around the affected area gets tanned.  Here are the various causes of white spots on the body.

Tinea Versicolor 

Tinea Versicolor is one of the major causes of the white spots on the body. If you live in humid conditions and tend to sweat more, then the chances of contracting the infection are high. Tinea Versicolor is a fungus which interferes with the production of melanin at the spot of the infection. This leads to the formation of white spots. These spots become more visible when the infected area remains as is but the rest of the skin gets tanned on sun exposure.

Tanning Beds

If you use tanning beds which subject the skin to artificial UV light to give it a bronzed look, then there are chances of getting affected by this skin condition. White spots from tanning beds occur when blood flow is not even to all parts of the body and some patches do not get tanned as a result. There are also chances of contracting a fungal infection from tanning beds since the humidity and heat on the beds make it a breeding ground for microbes. Once the UV lights are turned off, the fungus kicks into action and can cause an infection which results in white patches on the skin.

Simple Ways to cure White Spots caused from Tanning

White spots from tanning are not contagious. The way to deal with them is to fight the fungus that causes the white spots on the skin. We tell you about the simple ways to cure white spots from tanning.

  • Wash the affected parts of the skin with a solution made of 1 part anti-dandruff shampoo and 4 parts water. Anti dandruff shampoos have the ability to fight the fungus and rid you of the skin infection.
  • Use of creams that are anti-fungal and contain selenium sulfide is also another way to treat the fungal infection. Apply the cream persistently on the affected area for a week to cure the infection.
  • Keep the skin dry and use lots of anti fungal powder to both fight the infection and to prevent moisture on the skin.
  • You can even try the home remedies that we told you about in this post.

White Spots on the skin take some time to get healed. Until they fade away, try to limit your sun exposure so that they do not become more pronounced from tanning. Do you have any other remedy that’s worked for you? Tell us in the comments section.

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After a stint in an MNC in Bangalore, Aparna has now started doing what she loves the most- writing. Travelling and cooking come a close second and third. She lives in Mumbai with her husband.