Swollen Face

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So......we all know that artificial sunlamps are bad for your skin. I got the full effect of this notion last weekend and will never make this mistake again. This is quite an entertaining story so hopefully it will give you a little laugh..haa...

At my house we have a facial tanner because the dermatologist suggested it for acne. Well...i was breaking out pretty badly so I was like "hey, i'm gonna try this out" MISTAKE. I sat in front of this thing for a total of like 20 minutes without eye protection (stupid) and everything is fine until I woke up the next morning and couldn't even recognize myself!

My face and eyes were sooooooo swollen. I could barely open my eyes (fluid had accumulated under my eyes and nasal sinuses). I looked like I had gotten botox injections in my lips because they were swollen as well. I thought the only way to wake up to a swollen face was by having a massive binge the night before...I was WRONG!!!!

So, my face is still swollen after two days..I woke up this morning looking like an idiot again...haa the swelling subsides after a few hours but it was bad enough that I had to skip my first class.

Moral of the story: Don't ever make not wear eye protection if you go tanning...and bulimia isn't the only thing that causes swelling/bloating of the face!

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Ji Old profile
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Oh, you poor thing! What

Oh, you poor thing! What happened to that pretty face :( It is good that you find it funny, but I have also done some stupid things that I thought would do me good..and in the end..I get a shocking result. I hope you get better soon, and you can try to wash your face and apply cucumber slices. xxx

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Oh no, that is awful! Is your

Oh no, that is awful! Is your skin still red along with being swollen? That sounds like a bad sunburn. 100% pure aloe vera will help soothe your skin, plus drink tons of water and some Ibuprofen to reduce the swelling. Take care!!

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both of you...Thanks for the

both of you...Thanks for the suggestions! I definitely will try those out! and yes my skin is still red:( I look ridiculous!

scarlet dahlia
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Tea tree oil! It kills

Tea tree oil! It kills everything and sucks the gunk out of your face! Although I have never had acne and happen to have nice skin, tea tree oil (applied with a little cotton ball every night) has made the pores on my nose and "T-line" shrink like there's no tomorrow.

Also, in Wisconsin (I was sooooooooooooooooooo sun deprived) I went tanning in a tanning bed with UVB rays to gain some happiness (you know?). It seems like tanning beds don't really work very well for me. I need the strong beds because I'm olive. I've gone 20 minutes at a time with no eye protection many times. Nothing. Maybe your sunlamp is extraordinarily strong? In any case, I'm in California now, absorbing happiness every day.

It is the animate earth that speaks. Human speech is but a part of that vaster discourse. --David Abram, "Spell of the Sensuous"

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Oh you poor thing! I hope its

Oh you poor thing! I hope its fully gone now. I've never been on a sun bed in my life, too scared of all the related risks they say there is! Perhaps I definitely never ever ever will now!
And at least you can look back and laugh about it ;-)

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Oh wow..i've heard of tea

Oh wow..i've heard of tea tree oil being a possible remedy for skin issues, but I never knew if it truly worked! I will definitely try it now!:) yayaaa!!! thanks for the tip! and yeah..I didn't get in a whole tanning bed I just had this weird facial tanner that I sat in front of for like 20 minutes when 5 would have been sufficient...i'm ridiculous!! and if you do ever use one make sure you use eye protection!! :-P

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Oh Morgan how horrible. I

Oh Morgan how horrible. I Will remember that tip, ha!!!!! I wouldn't apply the tea tree oil to the burn I think it is good for the acne side of things, not too sure about it for burns - check that one out, take care, m x

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What works for everyone is

What works for everyone is very different, so not to discount scarlet dahlia's advice, but I have sensitive skin and tea tree oil burns it, so be careful with that! Don't want you to add to your burn. Good luck!

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Yeah i'm thinking I should

Yeah i'm thinking I should wait to apply the tea tree oil until after my burn is healed! Thanks for lookin out for me ladies! :D xoxo

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Yeah, I agree with above

Yeah, I agree with above comments. Tea tree oil is a very strong substance. Once, I took a bottle of it in a plastic bag over a plane to Italy 13 hours later, I opened my suitcase to find the oil had leaked out and melted the plastic entirely!

My skin is tough and not sensitive, which is why I can use it full strength and it works fantastically. However, you would only apply it to a burn very diluted and with something like aloe vera, if you use it at all. It is helpful in healing because it is antimicrobial, antifungal, and an antiseptic. I use it on my cuts and wounds all the time, applying it to bandaids. And as sanitizer diluted in water and alcohol. It's a wonder oil.

It is the animate earth that speaks. Human speech is but a part of that vaster discourse. --David Abram, "Spell of the Sensuous"

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