Self-Tanning Lotions

@article{Draelos2002SelfTanningL,
  title={Self-Tanning Lotions},
  author={Zoe Diana Draelos},
  journal={American Journal of Clinical Dermatology},
  year={2002},
  volume={3},
  pages={317-318}
}
  • Z. Draelos
  • Published 2002
  • Medicine
  • American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
Self-tanning creams utilize dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as an active agent, to produce a temporary staining of the skin. DHA is a 3-carbon sugar that interacts with the protein-rich stratum corneum to produce melanoidins, which are brown chromophores. Lower concentrations of DHA produce lighter skin-staining, while higher concentrations produce darker skin-staining, resulting in the simulation of a tan for persons of all skin types. DHA is well tolerated, for both internal ingestion and topical… Expand
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