Iowa City Dermatology

providing excellent dermatologic care for over 25 years

Iowa City Dermatology


There is no safe way to tan.  A tan is the skin's response to injury caused by UV exposure.  Chronic exposure to UV light, natural or artificial, results in wrinkling and age spots, and increases risk for all types of skin cancer.  The amount of radiation produced during indoor tanning is similar to the sun and in some cases may be stronger.  

If you want to look tanned, consider using a sunless self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.  

We hear good things about the following products from our patients:

  • Jergens Natural Glow - foam or lotion (they even sell one that includes sunscreen).  Best to start with the lighter tones. 
  • Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid
  • L'Oreal Paris Sublime Glow Daily Body Moisturizer

These basic tips will help you apply self-tanner so you get even coverage and longer-lasting results. 

This film was made possible thanks to the generosity of real people whose lives have been touched by melanoma. These are not actors. We cannot thank this group enough for sharing their stories with us.

"Glenna's Gift" is based on interviews with Glenna Kohl who succumbed to melanoma at the age of 26. Glenna shares her personal struggle with a tanning addiction and melanoma. The video features actual high school students viewing and responding to the interviews.

"Arms" warns teen girls that tanning now - both indoors or out - can have scary consequences in the future, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

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269 N 1st Ave, Ste 100, Iowa City, IA, 52245                      319-339-3872 - be sure to leave a message! - *best way to reach us!