Updated Jun 23, 2012
For years, spray-on tans have been considered the safe alternative to sunbathing and tanning beds. Experts warn however, that artificial tanning is not without its risks. According to reports recent studies suggest that a widely used chemical in tanning lotions, dihydroxyacetone (DHA), can pose health risks.
A medical panel reviewed the latest studies done on the chemical. It was determined that it could possibly be harmful to the DNA, and there was a chance
that it can lead to genetic changes. No human subjects were used in the studies, but the similarity in findings by different labs prompted this response.
Toxicologist Dr. Rey Panettieri explained the medical panel’s stance by saying, “These compounds in some cells could actually promote the development of cancers or malignancies.” He and other specialists in the field point out that further study should be done on the issue.
Written by the CareFair.com Editorial Team.