Health experts in the U.K. have warned that chemicals used in fake tans could pose increased health problems including infertiity, cancers, diabetes and obesity.
Health officials have warned that the cocktail of potentially harmful cocktails found in popular tanning lotions could have dangerous effects. The increased popularity of spray tans exaceberates the effects of the chemicals as they can be inhaled and absorbed into the bloodstream when applied to the body.
The Telegraph reported scientists have cautioned that the active ingredietent dihydroxyacetone could "damage DNA and cause tumours." Jacqueline McGlade, executive director of the European Environment Agency said the chemicals contained in fake tans "may be a contributing factor behind the significant increases in cancers, diabetes and obesity and falling fertility. It’s the cocktail effect.”
According to the Daily Mail some of the chemicals are carcingenic, whilst others are skin allergents. Other chemicals used are cell and hormone disrupters.
The tanning industry has been quick to dismiss the claims. Dr Chris Flower, director general of the Cosmetics, Toiletry and Perfumery Association told Made for Mums “It’s an exasperating, stupid story that’s taken on a life of its own. Are there any risks to yourself, your fertility, your offspring? No, absolutely not.”
Dr Flower went on to refute the claims by health experts, saying "Fake tan has been tested by the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS) for consumers using it in a booth or at home and for workers who are inhaling it regularly. As long as there’s adequate ventilation, it’s fine to use it time and time again."
However, toxicologist Thomas Pierce opines that when the FDA approved fake tanning products they did not anticipate the change in application which spraying would involve, thus did not allow for the possibilty of chemicals entering the bloodstream.