I have spots all over, like freckles, from the spray tan; is that normal?

Question: I will be in a wedding on Saturday. I wasnt going to go get a tan at all for the wedding but last weekend I went fishing and got a farmers tan. The dress is strapless so I was running out of options. I went to a spray tanning booth and went over and over again with the girl about how I cant be orange! Im not orange but spotted! Im kind of freaking out! Is there something I can do? Why did this happen?

Answer: I am not sure if you had your shower already after the spray tan? Because a lot of problems get fixed with the first shower.

If after a shower you still have spots, they can be there for few different resons:

  • You have shaved or waxed before your spray tan and did not give your pores enough time to close up properly before you had your spray tan. The bronzer got lodged in your pores, some of it will come out after the first shower, but not all.
    Of course, if the spots are on your chest and on your back it is unlikely that you had to shave or wax there, because from what I can gather you are a girl.
  • You have dry bits on your skin that are not noticeable UNLESS you spray tan. When I spray tanned the first time I discovered lots of those. The remedy for them is to exfoliate really well BEFORE spray tanning. That should remove a lot of them, but if you want to get rid of them altogether, Baiden Mitten will do it for you. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do AFTER you have been spray tanned.
  • You had your spray tan right after machine had been serviced and it has not been "bled" thoroughly enough resulting in uneven distribution of the solution. I have only ever heard of it happening once, so I would say that it is extremely unlikely.
  • Depending on how big the spots are it could also be a problem with your soap or body wash that you used in your shower before the spray tan. Some of those things are oil based and oil forms a barrier that stops the solution getting through. This would give you a patchy look though, not spotty.

So, the bad news is - unless the shower will rectify this, there is not very much you can do about the problem. Things that give you spotty look can be prevented, but not really fixed afterwards.

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Apr 10, 2015
You Received a Bad Spray Tan. Period.
by: Anonymous

I read the answer provided and I completely disagree. The person who answered this is like most tanning salon operators and owners in that they do not accept responsibility and blame the customer when something goes wrong. I've seen it time and time again. I've had every form of spray tan in existence and have spray tanned for years. I say that to clarify that I do know what I'm talking about.

Based on my YEARS of experience with every form of spray tanning, the "freckled" appearance is the result of a faulty spray tan and is rarely the fault of the customer. This happens when the lines are not cleaned/flushed regularly which results in a sticky buildup. The solution is supposed to be released in a fine, even mist but when the lines have residue buildup, it causes the solution to be released in a heavy, uneven sprinkle instead. THIS is almost ALWAYS the cause of the "freckled" appearance.

To demonstrate the accuracy of what I'm saying, I'll use my personal experiences. Prior to getting a spray I wait at least 24 hours after shaving/waxing. Right before my session, I shower and exfoliate to remove all dead/dry skin and perfumes/soaps. Once I'm in the spray tanning room, I use a gel which is highly recommended to help moisturizer the skin as well as to aid in the absorption of the solution on your skin. This has been the best method I've found to spray tan. For the past two years I've been a member at a tanning salon with 19 locations. I pay a monthly membership fee which allows me to have unlimited spray tans as I do not use UV beds. for the most part, I've always had a positive experience at each of the locations but in the location nearest my home, I continued to get spray tans that caused the "freckled" appearance even though I did not have this issue with any of the other locations. After complaining to the manager of that location multiple times and getting similar responses to the one provided to you, I finally called the corporate office and asked for assistance. After attempting to provide the same "blame the customer" response, I explained my pre-tan regimin which is the recommended regimin at most salons I've visited. The district manager realized that she could not blame me and responded by making a personal visit to the salon to inspect the machine. She found that the lines were not regularly and properly cleaned and contained residue buildup which was causing the "freckled" appearance I was experiencing. She contacted me and explained in detail what she discovered and had no problem admitting that it was the fault of the salon.

Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done except to wait for the color to wear off. Daily exfoliating does speed the process but ultimately you are stuck with the "freckles" for a little while. If the salon is unwilling to truly address your issue instead of blame you then I suggest going to a new salon.

Comment: Some good insight here and definitely worthy of looking into. However I have found that it can also be the problem with the customer's preparation, so I guess there can be few different reasons for freckly tan. If that happens to more than one customer over a short period of time than I would definitely be looking at the equipment, but if you get one every six months or so than the reason could be somewhere else.

Sep 29, 2014
age/sun spots
by: Anonymous

I had a spray tan last year but never again, I was covered in large brown spots, not on my face but on my legs, arms, mostly the inner which doesn't see much of the sun, the spots are noticeable before the tanning session but are horrible and very noticeable after a spray tan, I used sunbeds for years prior and I have been told that they are age/sun damage spots. does anyone know of any good products that will reduce/get rid of them.

Boshena's comment: Yes, regular use of the Baiden Mitten will get rid of all of them :-)

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