The main chemical used in popular spray tans is raising cancer concerns. DHA-dihydroxyacetone can lead to genetic alterations and DNA damage sighted a panel of medical experts.
The panel reviewed various data including 10 recent, publically available studies on DHA and a federal report. The six member panel included experts in Dermatology, toxicology and pulmonary medicine.
After reviewing the literature the panel said it had concerns about the DHA chemical being used as a safe option to tanning under ultraviolet lights or the sun. The reviewed studies did not test on human subjects but they revealed that DHA altered the genes of a number of cells in organisms when tested in a variety of labs.