Are self-tanners safe? Chevy Chase dermatologist, Dr. Margaret Sommerville answers this common question.

July 29, 2014

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

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