The actress, now 29, used to try to darken her complexion so that she would feel more beautiful.
"When I had my own show, I used to tan three or four times a week in a tanning bed," she says in a new OWN documentary, "Light Girls. "I did."
The sequel to "Dark Girls," which premieres Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT, highlights light-skinned African-American women, who detail personal struggles with their skin color. Director Bill Duke also spoke to R&B singer Chante Moore and actress Essence Atkins, among others.
Raven-Symone said she eventually stopped tanning because it was affecting the show's production.
"It's funny, one of the lighting guys came up -- I love him to death. I love him. Oh my goodness -- he goes, 'Raven, I need you to stop tanning. You're getting too dark, and we have to re-light the whole entire show,'" she said. "I was like, 'Sorry. I was just trying to be pretty.'"