Chemical Found in Spray Tans May Be Dangerous, ABC News Finds

ABC News has reported that the active chemical ingredient used in spray tans, dihydroxyacetone (DHA), could possibly alter and damage DNA.

ABC had a panel of six medical experts evaluate 10 recent studies on DHA. The panel registered “concerns” after reviewing the literature and reports about the main chemical in spray tan. Spray tanning has been lauded as a safe alternative to using tanning beds.

Although the experts all agreed that more studies should be done, the concerns over DHA ranged from the chemical possibly being carcinogenic to potential lung complications and birth defects.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the chemical for “external” use in 1977 when it was popular in tanning lotions. The FDA told ABC that it never anticipated that the chemical would be used in spray tans and emphasized that “DHA should never be inhaled or ingested.”

Disturbingly, when ABC visited several tanning salons, not only did many of them not have protective gear for the eyes, nose, and mouth available, but every salon actively discouraged using them. One salon even went so far as to tell an ABC undercover news producer that DHA is used for diabetes treatment and can be injected into the body.

Experts have not only expressed concerns for consumers, but also for tanning salon workers who may apply 15 to 20 spray tans a day without protection because they have been led to believe the mist is “safe.”

The full ABC report can be accessed here.

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