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Spray Tanning News: Is it Really Dangerous?
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Obviously, it's hard to inhale a lotion, so Rigel says this form of self-tanner is a somewhat safer bet. "I would say lotions are safer than spray tanning guns because you're not going to breathe in the lotion," he says. "But there's still some risk since your skin can absorb the DHA in lotions," he says.
Rigel and other dermatologists familiar with spray tanning studies are still hesitant to recommend self-tanner lotions. That's because a 1999 study by the FDA found that 11 percent of DHA applied to the skin is going beyond the dead skin cells sitting on top of your skin and getting absorbed into living skin cells in the epidermis and dermis. Further studies are necessary to see if the DHA is actually harming these skin cells, but the fact that it's there at all worries many experts.
"The concern here is we never thought DHA was getting absorbed," Rigel said in his ABC interview. "We thought it's binding to the surface of the skin and that's where the stain is." But this study changes that belief, he says.
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