Information on DHA

Information on DHA

Information on DHA

Spa Gregorie’s offers a variety of spray tanning services, and we are always concerned about our guests and their health.

We have posted information below from the FDA and our Product manufacturer South Seas Skin Care regarding DHA in their spray tanning products.  We invite you to review the information so you can make the most educated decision for yourself.

It is important to know that Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane, and there have been no known adverse effects caused by DHA. 

The FDA approved DHA for topical use in 1977. As stated: 

“DHA is listed in the regulations as a color additive for use in imparting color to the human body. However, its use in cosmetics–including sunless “tanning” products–is restricted to external application (21 CFR 73.2150). According to the CFR, “externally applied” cosmetics are those “applied only to external parts of the body and not to the lips or any body surface covered by mucous membrane” (21 CFR 70.3v).”

We at South Seas take the FDA recommendations, along with proper training and education, seriously. It is highly advised to utilize the following guidelines when applying DHA:

  • Use protective eyewear
  • Use nose filters or a ventilation mask
  • Use protective undergarments
  • Use lip balm

Additionally, listed below are several informative links for your review:

European Commission Study on DHA:

Skin Cancer Foundation:

Smart Tan Response to ABC News Segment:

Mayo Clinic:

Medicine Net:



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