Answers to Common Skin Cancer Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about skin cancer.

Are self-tanning skin products safe?

They are safe as a practical alternative to tanning. There is no evidence that the main ingredient in self tanners, dihydroxyacetone, is harmful if applied and used as directed. It has been studied and, as far as we know, that chemical is safe when used on the skin. We know it is safer than UV radiation.

Source: J. Scott Wilcher, MD, North Dayton Surgeons; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Brent Kirkland, MD, Dermatologists of Southwest Ohio; American Cancer Society; National Cancer Institute

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