Houma, LA
A 17-year-old male asked:

Are spray on tans that you can pick up in a can from local drug store safe?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Yes: Dihydroxyacetone darkens the dead layer of your skin the same way that charring darkens a burger. Some folks inhale the contents of the can which is a bad idea; close eyes & hold breath when spraying your face. Trusting you simply want the tan, much favored by bodybuilders.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Myra Skluth
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Perhaps: They probably are safer than a tanning bed which exposes you to the risk of developing skin cancer. I am not sure exactly what the ingredients are in tanning sprays. They may also contain carcinogens. Environmental working group: ewg.Com is a good site to check it out.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Dr. Dan Fisher commented
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Dihydroxyacetone is the active ingredient.
Mar 12, 2013

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