Are self-tanners safe? Chevy Chase dermatologist, Dr. Margaret Sommerville answers this common question.
The answer is yes. There have been very few reported cases of allergic reactions to self-tanning creams, however the incidence of these reactions may be under-reported. The active ingredient in self-tanning creams is dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which is considered nontoxic. The staining reaction occurring with DHA is limited to the very top layer of the skin, stratum... read more