Can you be allergic to spray tans?Your skin can be really sensitive to anything you put on it, especially certain chemicals. Certain chemicals can cause an allergic reaction which could lead to illness. It's always good to try new things though and see what works for you, such as a spray tan. Yet be mindful that your body can reject the chemicals and that could lead to an allergic reaction.
You can be allergic to the ingredients found in common spray tan materials!Your body can react negatively to things that you never thought of and can cause quite a bit of pain. Spray tans are a common thing to get because of overexposure from the sun which can cause sunburn and increase your chance of skin cancer. For years, people have been trying to find new and safe ways to perfect the tanned look without having to go out in the sun. So, one obvious choice is the humble spray tan! Yet, you may be allergic to it and it could cause you pain and irritation. This can hopefully be avoided if you can figure out your body's reaction to the most common part of spray tans. Regular spray tanners solutions contain an ingredient called DHA. DHA stands for dihydroxyacetone which helps your skin turn darker over time, but is only temporary.
What is DHA according to the FDA?The FDA (Food and Drug Administration in America) states that most spray tans contain, "dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a colour additive that darkens the skin by reacting with amino acids in the skin's surface." Your skin can have an allergic reaction to this ingredient which causes irritation, redness, and inflammation. The skin that came in contact with the spray tan can also begin to form dermatitis. Dermatitis is when your skin begins to create a rash, is itchy, and can also blister. DHA is FDA approved which means that it has been tested and shown that it is okay to put on one's body but, that doesn't mean that everyone's skin can handle the chemicals found in the spray tan solution. Everybody's skin is different..
What to do if you have an allergic reaction to spray tans:If you have an allergic reaction to spray tans, you have to act fast to reduce swelling or itching of the area that is affected. One way to help your dermatitis or allergic reaction is to take a cool shower and rinse with little soap as soon as you notice the reaction starting to happen. You can also apply anti-itch/anti-inflammatory cream to the affected area to help the irritation and make it a little less painful for you during your body's way of rejecting the material.
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