Ok, for starters, I'm going to say: I know tanning beds give you skin cancer and repeated use makes you age faster, and that for the most part, they are just not a good thing to use. However, I also have really bad jawline acne. Pretty much everywhere else on my body is fine. When I was a teenager, it was everywhere, and it just did not go away until about 2/3 years ago. I'm now 25, and aside from my jawline (Which is NEVER clear, its always a complete wreck), I rarely get zits anywhere else on my body. But the trend on my body now seems to have be once an area is "cleared" it stays that way. I've always been super-sensitive about my acne. I started breaking out when I was 9, and it only started getting "good" about 2 years ago. I was constantly picked on for it, and honestly, that aside, it just makes me feel ugly. I want to feel beautiful on my wedding day ... and being beautiful to me entails having clear skin. I have tried so many over-the-counter products (Nuetrogena, ProActive, Biore, Nature's Cure, Clean & Clear, you name it). I've also tried all different make-ups (I currently use Physician's Formula: the Walgreen's version of mineral make-up, to date, its been the kindest to my skin). I don't have health insurance, and money is a bit of an issue, so I can't go to a dermotologist. A lot of these things have "worked" for a short period of time, and then after about a month, I break out during my period, and then it just doesn't work again. I am currently on the pill (Ortho-Lo), I get it through a local clinic, but they do not offer Yaz (I asked already). I've also counted my weeks, and my wedding is the week before my period (Around the time that I start breaking out). My mom and sister have recently been trying to tell me that a round or two in a tanning bed should zap out the acne. My wedding is in January, and I really don't want to be "tan" on my wedding day. I was thinking if I tried going once or twice NOW, I should be faded by then. What I really want to know is if time in the tanning bed actually might help my acne, or if my mom and sister are just crazy. I really do not want to get into a tanning bed if there is no chance of this working. I've never gone tanning before ... honestly, the idea of it scares the bejeezus out of me. But if there is a chance that this could fix my acne, I'm willing to take it. Has anybody ever hear of this working before? Or if you actually do go tanning, have you noticed it clearing your skin?
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