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Fake Tan Thought To Be Fertility Risk

Fake Tan Thought To Be Fertility Risk

Experts have recently announced that using fake tan could put women at risk of fertility problems. They have also said that fake tan could cause birth defects in newborns.


Using fake tan has always been seen as the safe alternative to sunbeds. The 'cocktail of chemicals' used in tanning products has been found to disrupt the composition of hormones within a woman, and therefore affect the growth of an unborn baby. Some of the chemicals used in fake tan have also been linked to cancer, obesity, and diabetes.

The Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, Jacqueline McGlade, has said that the use of these chemicals "may be a contributing factor behind the significant increases in cancers, diabetes, obesity, and falling fertility." McGlade advised that until further studies had been carried out as to how these chemicals affect us, women should be cautious when using them.

A spokeswoman for the UK Charity Chem Trust said, "Many of the chemicals in fake tan are toxic to reproduction and can harm a foetus. Here are just some of the chemicals used in fake tan, and what they do:

  • Ammonium Laureth: Irritant
  • Aspartame: Linked to cancer but ruled safe
  • Benzophenone-3: Hormone disruptor
  • CocamideDEA: Can cause dermatitis and linked to miscarriages
  • Sodium Laureth: Irritant
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate: Can release nitrosamines, which are linked to cancer
  • Dihydroxyacetone: Can cause cell damage

When either spraying it onto the body, or rubbing it in as a cream, many of the chemicals are inhaled during application to the body.
Some scientists believe that this can cause DNA damage if used frequently. As you inhale the chemicals enter the bloodstream, and could lead to tumours.

Health risks are also to be applied to asthma sufferers, and people with lung problems.

have been rung. alarmsNo studies or tests have as yet taken place on humans to find out what exactly the health risks are. It is because of research done by field experts in the US that

The Dean of the Public School of Health at Washington University, Dr Lynn Goldman, has said, "What we're concerned about is not so much that reaction that creates the tanning, but reactions that may occur deeper down with living cells that might then change DNA, causing mutation, and what the possible impacts of that might be".

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association have assured people that all fake tanning products meet strict EU laws before going on sale in stores.

The revenue brought in by tanning products in 2010 was over £100million in Britain alone.

  • Would this make you stop using fake tan?
  • Did you ever actually know what was in fake tan?
  • Do you think this is all nonsense?




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