sunless tanning?

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7/10/2012 6:23am
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With my diagnosis of melanoma I've recently been thinking about purchasing a self tanning creme, and possibly splurging on a professional spray tan. I mentioned this to a friend, and she thought these cremes and spray tans could contain harmful chemicals?? Does anyone have information about the advers effects of these services?

Tracy Chicago - (7/31/2012 - 6:27pm)

This is what the FDA website says about sunless tanning:

http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/ProductInformation/ucm134064.htm

The FDA does not regulate sunless tanning lotions and I worry that years from now we will find out it's not good for you to use. I know when I've used the spray booths I've inhaled whatever is in the spray.

While I'm in favor of using sunless tanning over real tanning, why not embrace your pale?  I work with a lot of college age people and I tell them every year about the dangers of tanning. I think the kids take me more serioulsy if I"m pale as opposed to tan (they wouldn't know it was from a bottle). 

Best regards,

Tracy