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Are 'Spray-On' Tans Safe? Experts Raise Questions as Industry Puts Out

  1. Stacie L profile image90
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    The active chemical used in spray tans, dihydroxyacetone (DHA), has the potential to cause genetic alterations and DNA damage, according to a panel of medical experts who reviewed 10 of the most-current publicly available scientific studies on DHA for ABC News, including a federal report ABC News obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
    "I have concerns," said Dr. Rey Panettieri, a toxicologist and lung specialist at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. "The reason I'm concerned is the deposition of the tanning agents into the lungs could really facilitate or aid systemic absorption -- that is, getting into the bloodstream."
    http://gma.yahoo.com/spray-tans-safe-ex … ealth.html
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  2. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 5 years ago

    If its artificial chemicals no matter what it's in, they will probably kill you sooner or later.

  3. Mark Ewbie profile image87
    Mark Ewbieposted 5 years ago


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  4. Express10 profile image88
    Express10posted 5 years ago

    I have known since these started becoming popular that they were not good for you. People tend to forget that our skin is an actual organ meant to shield our bodies however, as much as 60% of what comes into contact with our skin can be absorbed and stored in our bodies causing damage. Further, breathing the mist or fumes is also detrimental.

    There have been absolutely no studies showing long term effects and the companies that make these products are meant to make money. They do not have any pressure or need whatsoever to ensure that their products do not harm consumers (or bystanders in salons, etc.).

    More women in particular should closely scrutinize what goes onto their bodies, faces, hair, etc. as we are the ones who tend to use more products than men and there are multiple research studies that show the cancer rates for women are holding steady while men's cancer rates have gone down a few percentage points. I find it to be no coincidence that we women bathe ourselves in many man made chemicals (perfumes, shampoos, toothpastes, lotions, anti-aging products, cosmetics, faux tanners, etc.) and the rates of cancer for us has not decreased. Look for natural products and choose wisely.

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      Robertr04posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Tell them about it  Express10. If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin.