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Skin Conditions




A Sunless Tan will only look as good as the health of the skin it is being applied to.  Following is a brief list of some of the more common skin problems, and tips on how to best treat/tan the skin.




Dry Skin

Dry skin tends to absorb the tanning solution quickly.  The skin also exfoliates faster, so the tan may fade faster and more unevenly.  DHA can also cause more dryness, so skin can feel tight and itchy if the skin is dry to begin with.  Instruct client to moisturize twice daily after shower.


Oily Skin

The excess oils on the skin surface create a barrier to the DHA, which may cause the tan to develop lighter.  Client should be freshly washed and exfoliated before their appointment so that excess oils are removed from skin prior to spraying.  Client may also use a Sluff Wipe to remove any excess oils from the skin.


Large Pores

Clients may have larger facial/back pores due to age or oily skin.  This may cause excess solution to pool in the pores and look like blackheads.  If client has large pores, it’s helpful to gently pat with a soft cloth or disposable towel as this will blend the solution into the skin. 


Freckles & Age Spots (Sunspots/liver spots)

These are caused by UV exposure and may darken slightly when spray tanned.  A barrier cream can be applied to larger freckles or age spots with a cotton swab before being sprayed.


Scars & Stretch Marks

The solution may not absorb through scars.  The spray tan may disguise the appearance of scars and stretch marks.  Do not apply solution on fresh scars.


Acne or Sensitive Skin

Acne prone skin is very similar to sensitive skin. Bronzers, fragrances and natural plant products can all cause an acne breakout or irritation to sensitive skin.



Eczema is an inflammation of the skin, characterized by redness, itching, and the outbreak of lesions that may discharge fluid and become crusty and scaly.  There are many variations of the condition, some not as bad – possibly just dry patches.  It’s a quite common condition.  If extreme, client should get their doctor’s approval.  Client should exfoliate their skin prior to being tanned, however should not do so on Eczema-prone areas.  Some dry areas may appear lighter than other tanned areas.



Rosacea is a form of adult acne causing redness, inflammation, sensitivity, and broken capillaries.  Spray tanning will work well on the body, but facially the DHA can cause irritation and flare-ups.  Rosacea patients should always consult their Dermatologist before being sprayed.  If they are given approval, it’s advisable to first do a patch test on the face to check for any reactions.



Vitiligo is a chronic disorder that causes de-pigmentation in patches in the skin.  The cells that produce melanin have died in some areas of the skin, causing areas of the skin to be white or paler in comparison. As DHA works on the protein in the dead layer of the skin and not the melanin, sunless tanning is suitable for this client.  The un-pigmented skin will still appear lighter but the contrast should be reduced depending on the amount of initial contrast.


Recommendation:  Spray the un-pigmented areas only, buffing to blend contrast edges as you go, and then finish with an all over body spray.



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