Doctors raising concerns over safety of spray-on tan
Dr. Marc Siegel explains
- Duration 3:25
- Date Jun 12, 2012
Dr. Marc Siegel explains
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It was considered the safe alternative to tanning booths but -- shocking new report finds this radon glow.
May not be risk free after all that a chemical used in spray on pants could cause genetic the facts.
Doctor Mark -- member of the Fox News medical eighteen joins us now to break it down doctor.
Is there any safe way to get a glow what are we to be concerned about now the stakes -- hands.
I shot in first of all I'm down here in DC in Europe there -- New York something not about that if something is off.
There's there's there's something in the spray cans called beta hydroxy acetone PHK.
And this product.
Has this chemical has caused a lot of controversy because.
Animals and themselves it alters DNA and we don't know whether that could lead to cancer or whether that could lead to birth defects.
And there's been a lot of concern about that they've started in mice.
And it hasn't coarse skin cancer in mice.
But the problem is when you spray it on your face it gets absorbed into your lungs and it gets from your -- into your bloodstream.
So whereas we talked last week about candy itself.
Causing skin cancer there's still some concern out there that this DHA in spray on -- could lead to problems as well.
Okay you mentioning going into the lungs and then into the bloodstream is there any evidence it would damage the lungs themselves or is it that we just don't know what happens -- it would actually be pumping through your body.
That's a great question and there isn't any direct evidence yet.
That it could lead to lung cancer let's say there's more of a concern that it's could be building up in your bloodstream.
But again we need further studies on this it's not -- started in in.
Humans and I want to know what.
Pregnant women should do and my answer to that is that I caution them about it I don't like pregnant women putting any chemicals on.
And the reason is because we don't have enough information yet shouted it's enough for me to know that this could altered DNA I've seen that in the -- -- we're we're positive about that.
Just because we don't have proof in humans yet I don't think that this should be used liberally now if a person out there.
Is watching and use this yesterday.
I'm not gonna tell them to worry it's not that level of concern but it is a level concern going forward the -- FDA approved this back in 1977.
Before any of these studies were out.
REL I ask you is there any difference because in -- some of these -- and put them on as a -- resolution and and it has the same DH day in and is that any different than the -- where would go.
Into the system to the locks.
That's a great point and I think the answer is that it all depends on how much is absorbed.
The amount you put on your skin is absorbed less so by have to say I'd say the one that you -- on your face.
As Megan was making a joke last week -- you spread on your face and you look like a goddess but the fact is that's getting into your nose and into your mouth and into your lungs.
So if you if you put a little bit on your skin like -- on more on a leg you're getting less of a problem and again the study does not show.
That that course securing cancer so that had to -- and I don't like either these things shattered but I've had to choose I would take this over go into attending -- -- any day.
All right doctor -- thank you very much forgiven us a little Intel on that's and I see where your haunts are down -- -- I hope you -- in a mall and it better every well.
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