LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Health experts say millions of Americans spray-tan every year, believing it's a safe alternative to tanning beds and sunbathing.
However, new information shows the spray may have potential health risks.
Ten lab studies show DHA, the chemical in the spray tan that actually turns your skin brown, can cause DNA damage in skin cells.
The Food and Drug Administration says DHA should not be inhaled or ingested.
The FDA approved DHA 35 years ago for external use in lotions, but they have not approved the chemical in spray tans because the FDA says no maufacturer has tried to get it approved.
The FDA says if you decide to get a spray tan, protect your eyes, nose and lips.
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