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Can self tan lotion cause a skin reaction?

05/03/2019 by Charlotte

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A very small proportion of the population - estimated at around 1 in 10,000 - have a sensitivity or allergy to the active ingredient (Dihydroxyacetone or DHA) used in the vast majority of self-tanning lotions. Therefore, any product containing this ingredient will cause the same self tanner allergy symptoms, no matter how natural the rest of the ingredients are.

It's important to realise that people are not reacting to DHA because it is a nasty, synthetic ingredient. It is derived from a natural enzyme breakdown of sugars and glycerin and is generally very well tolerated.

However, many people who have an allergic reaction to tanning lotion are actually sensitive to artificial fragrances or other ingredients, rather than DHA.

Award-winning natural self tanning lotions

Green People self tan lotions are made with a gentle, organic formula and natural essential oils.

Many people find that they can use our self tan lotions when other brands have caused a reaction, although they will not be suitable for those with an allergy to DHA.

Self Tan Lotion 150ml

Self Tan Lotion 150ml

Non-streaky self tan lotion for all skin types

Gradual Tan Moisturiser 50ml

Gradual Tan Moisturiser 50ml

A daily moisturiser for a gentle build-up of colour


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