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Mystic Tan Defeats Her Guttate P
from Tina M.

Hello: I came across your info today when I googled mystic tan cures psoriasis.  I googled the phrase because I am convinced that it does. Last year, I had two sessions and noticed marked improvement in the appearance, but thought it was just a coincidence.  This year, I have been going weekly, and I am virtually psoriasis free and have been since November of 2007.  If I skip a week or two, I will notice it start to creep up again, but the moment I go into the mystic tanning booth, it begins to dissipate again. I have guttate psoriasis, and developed this in 2000.  I have a moderate to severe case and nothing else was working for me.

Please tell your readers with guttate psoriasis that it absolutely works and I feel 100% normal again.  I go to the beach now and wear normal clothes, which is something I have not done for years. It is amazing. I don't know why it works, I just know that it does and that it is safer than all of the medications out there!

Truly,  -Tina M.

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Ed’s Response: Thanks for this, Tina. You, like Rodney H. in his January 2004 post at FlakeHQ found the Mystic Tan "sunless tanning" process helped (or, in your case, eliminated) signs of guttate P. I went to answers.com to review the description of the product's active ingredient, dihydroxyacetone, which is common to several artificial tanning products. Interestingly, the article at answers.com stated the active ingredient penetrates no further than the uppermost layer of dead skin (in effect, staining it).  I wonder if the Mystic Tan "pressure spray" Rodney described in his email has something to do with the product's effect on guttate P?  Could the high pressure application of the active ingredient force it deeper into the skin where it might interact with the living parts of the guttate lesions? Is there a chemical characteristic of the lesion itself that interacts differently with the ingredient leading to your beneficial outcome?

The active ingredient also effects metabolism when ingested.  The answers.com article talks about research toward treating glycogen storage disease using dihydroxyacetone.  While none of this is specifically revealing, to me, with regard to psoriasis, it sure begs further inquiry!

Meanwhile, enjoy your clearance and your tan!  And thanks again for letting us know.  -Ed

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Response from Tina M.:  My psoriasis was small patches at elbows and knees that were really nothing until I had a massive flare in 2000. I had developed guttate and large plaques on my shins. I believe it was due to having a leg waxing (had I known I wouldn't have done this!). I was truly depressed and my entire life changed. I first tried the hand held tanner spray and noticed it seemed to diminish the appearance of the lesions, which were red, round papules with a white dry crust. I noticed that if I did this every few days, there were absolutely no lesions to be seen. In the winter, I had a horrible flare and ‘did a mystic’ over a severely affected part of my legs and it, at first, turned them pink, but then they disappeared. I have been researching this for a while, and I believe it is the combination of the DHA and the Aloe Vera, which allows deeper penetration of the DHA, that really does the trick. The Magnetic Tanning technology really makes the solution stick and penetrate the skin and it gets every inch of your skin.  Also, I have achieved the best results by going into the sun, exposing the area for at least five minutes, then getting into the tanning booth. I never believed I really had soft, normal skin under there anymore and I tell you, it is a miracle that I see beautiful skin that feels smooth.

Oh, moisturizing the morning after the tanning application helps so much as well.  Good luck to everyone! –Tina M.

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