The Sun 30th November Spray Tanning/ Cancer Risk: Response

 Whilst the UK media (Including The Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Yahoo News and Irish Times to date) have used the information broadcast by ABC in their reports, it has become steadily more “shock value” than based on fact.




  • The EU found that spray tanning is safe based on clinical trials (See below). The report details “based on the available information, the SCCS considers the use of Dihydroxyacetone as a self tanning ingredient in spray cabins up to 14% will not pose a risk to the health of the consumer” (SCCS/1347/10)
  • The claims made by the ABC “panel of experts” are based on speculation and concern arising from limited research only and not definitive results from dedicated trials.
  • No mention has been made with regard to the use of extraction units in area’s conducting spray tanning services whether a room or a booth. These units are designed to remove overspray for the comfort of both the client and therapist.
  • ABC’s intentions are questionable with regard to their selection of expert. Darrell S. Rigel is on the L’Oreal payroll who are one of ABC’s large advertisers
  • FDA themselves state that with regard to reports from consumers “It is uncertain what, if any ingredient or combination of ingredients in the sunless tanning products might have caused these adverse events, whether an individuals allergic reaction might have played a part, or whether factors unrelated to the sunless tanning products may have been involved, such as pre-existing medical conditions” (FDA.GOV)
  • Dr Rey Panettieri “For the casual user who goes once a month – frankly, there’s probably no problem at all” (MailOnline)




The Tanning Shop is consistently focussed on the quality of products supplied and customer education. Whilst adhering in full to European guidelines in relation to the use of DHA in spray tanning. The EU directive deems spray tanning safe based on validated medical research;



2. DHA may also be used in “spray cabins” in aqueous solutions in concentrations between

8 and 14%. Does the SCCS consider this use and exposure safe for the consumers?

When using DHA in spray cabins in aqueous solutions, exposure via inhalation cannot be excluded. The exposure may be single (frequency of use less than once per month) or ‘repeated’ (e.g. in extreme cases once per week).For the single exposure, reference is made to the presented acute inhalation study in

rats, where the animals were exposed to DHA aerosols during 4 hours to the limit dose level of 5000 mg DHA/m³. No effects were observed on the clinical level or on macroscopic findings related to the respiratory tract or other organs.


As far as repeated exposure to DHA-containing self-tanning formulations is concerned, the potential systemic exposure through inhalation appears to be negligible compared to the calculated worst-case dermal exposure levels. The calculated overall systemic exposure level generates a sufficiently high Margin of Safety.Therefore, based upon the available information, the SCCS considers that the use of Dihydroxyacetone as a self-tanning ingredient in spray cabins up to 14% will not pose a risk to the health of the consumer.






The use of nose filters will provide extra reassurance for clients in relation to this adverse media and these will shortly be available for purchase from Blue Tanning And Beauty. Lip balms, protective undergarments and extraction equipment are already available.


Regular maintenance and servicing of extraction units is recommended and Blue Maintenance are happy to advise correct procedures as required.





Greenblatt, M “Are ‘Spray-On’ Tans Safe? Experts Raise Questions as Industry Puts Out Warnings” ABC News 14/06/12


FDA: US Department of Health & Human Services “Sunless Tanners and Bronzers” 06/05/12


Telegraph Reporters “Health Fears Over Spray Tans” The Daily Telegraph 13/06/12


Bates, D & Borland, S “Cancer threat’ in your spray-on tan: Toxins accidentally inhaled, warn scientists” MailOnline 12/06/12


Code Of Federal Regulations: Title 21, Volume 1: Revised as of April 1, 2011. Part 73: “Listing of color additives exempt from certification: Section 73.1150 Dihydroxyacetone”


EU Directorate General for Health & Consumers: Scientific Community on Health And Safety (SCCS) “Opinion on Dihydroxyacetone” SCCS/1347/10