Other Conditions & Exposures

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO ARE THINKING OF USING, ARE USING, OR HAVE USED SELF-TANNERS, TANNING PILLS, AND TANNING BOOTHS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What are Self-tanners, Tanning Pills, and Tanning Booths?

Self-tanners are agents that you apply to your skin, such as gels, sprays, or lotions, to cause a tanned or bronzed look without the need to expose yourself to sunlight. Self-tanning agents contain a chemical compound called dihydroxyacetone (DHA).

Tanning pills are pills that contain a coloring chemical agent, usually a carotenoid compound called canthaxanthin, that reaches your skin and makes it look tan.

Tanning booths, sometimes called tanning beds, are body-sized booths that shine ultraviolet-A (UVA) and ultraviolet-B (UVB) rays on your skin to make it tan.


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