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How is DHA used to get a tan?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

DHA, or dihydroxyacetone, is a common ingredient in many tanning lotions. It acts as a color additive that reacts with the amino acids in the surface of the skin, causing it to look tan.

Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing to safeguard your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

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