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Tan P Therapy?
Good afternoon from Boulder, Colorado. I am a 33 year old male who
started having guttate psoriasis outbreaks at age 27. Since the first
incident, I have never been completely clear for more than a few months.
My doctor has prescribed the Dovonex/Ultravate ointments used alternately.
He also has me on UVB narrowband phototherapy. This seems to work fairly
well for me but I still will get an onset once or twice a year (change of
seasons) that causes a full body flare and great emotional distress.
Last spring I
was planning to go to Florida for a trip and was intensely distressed
about the condition of my skin prior to the trip. I still had prominent
spots over many areas of my body and I knew I would be hiding out when I
traveled South. In desperation and kind of on a whim I went to a tanning
salon that had a Mystic Tan booth. If you don’t know about Mystic Tan,
it is a plastic booth in which the user is sprayed with a self-tanning
agent. There are other companies that have similar products but all use
the same sort of technique. The self-tanning solution is sprayed at high
pressure from some sort of air-compressor through many nozzles in the
booth. In effect, you are completely covered with dihydroxyacetone unless
you have some part of your body shielded during the
"tan" sets in, my psoriasis spots seem to get pinkish and become
less visible. It might take a day or more to experience the maximum
effect. The tan only lasts a week or less depending on showering/workout
habits. I have been experimenting with this since last year and it seems
to help me. The procedure is rather expensive — $20.00-25.00 per visit
— and a pain when you are also doing light therapy.
I certainly do
not advocate this as any cure but it does seem to lessen the appearance of
the spots and therefore reduces the stress level I was experiencing. I was
certain my anxiety, because of my lack of control over my P, was making it
far worse. This has added another tool to my arsenal to battle this
depressing disease. Hope this helps someone else!
Good Luck, -Roddy H.
ingredient sprayed on in the Mystic Tan booth — dihydroxyacetone — is
the same thing Jo was getting from her Fake Tan product(s), so there must
be something about it that palliate’s some peoples’ P.
I might try
this myself, though I probably wouldn’t go the Mystic Tan route as it
does sound pricey. I’ll
probably buy the OTC product, like Jo did, and try it on a few normally
If anybody else
tries this, please let us know how it turns out!
P.S. — I know what you mean about seasonal flares, Roddy. I lived in Colorado when my P first started (1989) and I remember the season changes as being very hard on my skin. At that time I was living on the Western Slope (Grand Junction), but I spent my childhood (50’s and 60’s) in and around Denver (Eastern Slope) and CU (headquartered in Boulder) is my alma mater. I hope you’re helping to hold down the population explosion out there! Go Buffalos!