I am just unable to tan! Does anyone else have this problem?

United States
July 26, 2007 2:30pm CST
Today, I went to the beach, and I felt so out of place. I am just so white, I stand out. It's not because I am not in the sun, because I am alot. I just CANNOT tan! I have even been to tanning beds, and still, no tan. Not even a sunburn! I don't understand it. I would love to have a beautiful golden tan like so many women, and although my husband says he loves my porcelain skin, I just wish for a tan. I have to resort to fake tanning solutions, which don't even last very long. Does anyone else have this problem, or is it just me?
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
26 Jul 07
I have this fair skin and formerly dark hair and it takes me ages to get a tan and I hardly ever burn. If the sun is hot enough, that is if it is about 80 degrees F or so, I will get a tan, but when I lived on the coast, it took me the whole summer to even get slightly brown. On the plus side, here, I went for a walk yesterday when it was over 90 degrees F and did not bat an eyelash. In fact it felt fine. I was reading on the net about those red heads with freckles and how they burn and not tan. Couldn't find anything about us pale skinned brunettes or former brunettes.
@foxyfire33 (10007)
• United States
26 Jul 07
My younger three boys are kind of the same way. Their dad is a redhead. He tans a little and I get "ruddy" in the summer but our boys jus stay white. They will burn a little so we do have to be careful but they never get tan, not even after a burn. Next o my older three who all have some Italian in them and get very dark tans, my younger three look like they never see the sun.
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@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
27 Jul 07
It's funny how we do it the opposite way here in the philippines, people spend a lot amount of money to get fairer and whiter skin.If ever we go to beach we do all we can not get even a sunburn. I love my color as it is though, brown or tan or whatever they call it. I'm pretty satisfied with it.
• Philippines
27 Jul 07
That's right. In the Philippines, people tend to spend so much money just to get whiter skin. While in other countries, they want to get tan! Anyway, I don't like spending too much money just to change my color. I have other things to spend my money on... Like my favorite food for instance. I love eating. Hahaha.. And clothes.. I love shopping! :)
@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Of course it's not just too. There are lots of people who just won't tan, or who only burn instead. I am very fair skinned, but also have Native American blood in me. I genearlly do not tan... at all. I will burn but it won't hurt and turn red. The next day I am back to normal and not any noticeably darker. Interestingly enough, being tanned or light-skinned and what is attractive varies by culture. In the west we think of tanned people as attractive, in many asian cultures, the lighter you are, the more attractive you are. What I'm getting at is that the grass is always greener on the other side. That being said, why on earth would you want to tan? Exposure to the Sun leads to cancer. Tanning booths lead to skin cancer as well. Since you are fair skinned, you should avoid the sun as much as possible or at the very least use a very high SPF (30+) sun block... if you don't want skin cancer.
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• Canada
26 Jul 07
i know the feeling i am as white as a ghost,but when i go in the sun i just burn to a crisp. i have tried many sun tan liguids and lotions ,but they dont work for me
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@diannebcrs (1549)
• Philippines
27 Jul 07
That is you on the picture, right? I think you're very beautiful with that porcelain skin of yours, to tell you honestly. Maybe you can ask some doctor or models to help you.
• Philippines
27 Jul 07
... to help you get tan if you want, I mean.
@onlinebiz (119)
• Singapore
28 Jul 07
Many Asian women would have envied you for your fair skin, but I think it is better not to go suntanning often cos of the harmful UV rays, plus it would be ugly when dark spots start to develop due to the production of melanin. Regards, Adrienne http://www.e-marketinghub.com http://www.e-marketing-systems.com
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
27 Jul 07
I am the same way! I could lay in the sun for days on end and only become red/blistered. When the red goes away, I'm white again! I do get freckles on my face and arms. The legs though...they stay white! I cannot take the sun, I am getting terrible sun spots and little growths from the years in the sun as a young child. (before sunscreen). The dermatologist has told me that I do not need ANY sun.
• United States
27 Jul 07
I am sooo the same way. Actually my whole family is. I will get red from burning, but then it peels and i turn white again. lol. You look like you are fair skinned. like me. =)... My family has irish in them, and i think that is what it is.....
• United States
27 Jul 07
I used to own a tanning salon and had many clients with your same issue. It is really a myth that tanning beds cause cancer. Tanning does not cause cancer, its the burn that causes cancer in most cases. Over exposure to any uv light will do that. As with anything, if done correctly, you can have a health tanning experience. Another myth is that you can go to these specialty beds, walk in lily white and step out with a rich deep tan. Many people are not aware that the tan is only as deep and rich as the products and beds used to achieve the tan. The salons have lotions with a small amount of self tanner in them. These are not like the spray on tans from a can you get a Walmart. If you really want to be tan, I would suggest you find a reputable tanning salon (not all of them are good, if they don't change their bulbs in the beds periodically, you can go for a year and get nothing, bulbs are very important in tanning, so ask around) Use a lotion from the salon, not from a discount store, and ask for a self tanning lotion. If you tan every other day for a week, them cut down to every 2 days, etc, within about 4-6 weeks you will have a beautiful tan. It takes time to start, but once you have your achieved tan, go once to twice a week to maintain. Tanning salons are also recommended by many dermatoloist & MD's for treating skin comnditions as well as for treatment for those who get depressed in the winter months from light depravation. Good luck.
@ZenDove (698)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Although I am sure your porcelain skin is beautiful, if you are interested in making a change you might want to ask your doctor about Melanotan. It is a peptide that causes the skin to begin tanning before sun exposure. It also perks up your libido! Check out Melanotan.org. or Clinuvel.com. Supposedly, people who have not been able to tan experience some impressive results. Good luck and remember, beauty is as beauty does!
@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
27 Jul 07
I don't tan either. I burn, and then I peel. So I go from white to red to white again without ever hitting tan. Personally I just gave up. I've tried fake tanning products, but they never looked quite right on me, and took too much upkeep. So I guess I just resigned myself to having white skin and having to wear lots of sunscreen to keep from burning. It's just not worth the pain to even try to tan anymore.
@charmz89 (102)
• Philippines
27 Jul 07
Im lucky that its mah natural color. I guess even how many hours you stay long under the sun you won't really achieve what color u really want because its your skin nature to be white. It may be burn but it will turn back easily to its original color.
@Zelmarq (12567)
• Cebu City, Philippines
27 Jul 07
Here in the Philippnes the people have a natural tan color, but guess what they want to be as white as the americans. Doing all the best from whitening lotion to intravenous wyas juts to get white. And her comes whites like you who wants to get tan. Its just the world and with people.LOL I have a natural tan color and when I go to the beach I put on sun block to protect my skin form the harmful sun.