Spray Tanning News: Is it Really Dangerous?
Not convinced that spray tanning really causes cancer? Here's the info you need before you decide to get a faux glow this summer
What we know about spray tans for sureWhile there haven't been extensive studies done on DHA and human cells, there have been several studies done on bacteria, animal, and other cells. Here's a breakdown of what they found:
• DHA can penetrate the skin and be absorbed into living skin cells. It was previously believed that it didn't get past the dead skin cells on top of your skin, says Rigel.
• Studies have found that DHA can alter the genes of cells. This hasn't been proven to happen with human cells yet, but Rigel says typically if these results are found with bacteria or animal cells, human cell testing is next.
• In addition to cancer risk, Lynn Goldman, MD, MPH, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University, says there may also be risks for birth defects if a pregnant woman gets spray tans. However, this is only based on the initial studies done, since there have not been any studies on spray tanning and pregnant women.
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