Why Doesn't My Stomach Tan?

February 14, 2024

A good tan is a sign of health, and we’re all obsessed with the bronzed look of jet-setting celebrities fresh from the beach. But if your stomach refuses to tan, it can make you feel less confident. Here are a few reasons why your body may be unable to tan, and some simple ways to fix it.

Our bodies tan because of the pigment melanin. When exposed to UV rays, melanin ramps up to darken our skin. This can even darken often hidden areas, like the linea alba (white line on the abdomen). Pregnancy, birth control pills, certain medications and some health conditions cause changes in hormone levels, which can prevent certain parts of the body from tanning. In addition, sweating, swimming and activities that get salt or dirt on the body can also make it harder to tan those areas.

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