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Are self-tanning products harmful to our health?


The active ingredient in most self-tanners is dihydroxyacetone ---or DHA.

DHA is a color additive that binds to proteins in the top layer of the skin and causes it to darken.

Although there is no concrete evidence indicating that DHA is harmful, some reports have found that it may have the potential to cause genetic alterations and DNA damage.

“Studies show that if you apply very high concentrations of DHA to the skin, it can result in free radical formation-- free radicals are highly reactive oxygen species that are capable of damaging structures within the cell, including DNA,” Dr. Whitney Bowe , a dermatologist at the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology , told “Now, while that sounds scary, the actual levels of DHA in over-the-counter self-tanning products are very low, so the products are really considered safe, non-toxic, and not carcinogenic.”

However, while DHA has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in self-tanning lotions, it hasn’t been approved for use in tanning sprays.

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Tanning causes skin cancer and premature aging. Period. Use the highest SPF you can buy. A tan isn't worth it.