Everyone will tell you they look better when they have a tan. Whether it's because they were just back from vacation and rested, or felt the darker skin against a white top highlighted their smile, the basic thought is a tan looks healthy. But with the American Academy of Dermatology recommending people stay out of the sun for obvious skin cancer risks. Many people are opting for what they believe is healthier, a spray tan.
Dr. Janet Hill Prystowsky is a board-certified dermatologist with over 25 years of experience in dermatology and dermatologic surgery chatted with our team about the problems of spray tans.
The top 3 negative points about spray tans:
- They do not protect you from sun damage
- The chemical used may be a carcinogen when it comes in with the respiratory tact and eyes. (There is concern that it may penetrate the dead skin cell layer and get into living skin cells also and possibly be carcinogenic.)
- The chemical, DHA, was never approved for use in the spray form. It was approved for application to the skin as a lotion.
- Basically, people should be wearing SPF50 year round, not just in the summer months to protect their skin.
Dr. Janet Hill Prystowsky is a board-certified dermatologist with over 25 years of experience in dermatology and dermatologic surgery. She obtained a Ph.D from Columbia University in Human Nutrition, an M.D. from the University of Chicago, and completed her training in dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Prystowsky is a senior attending physician at Mount Sinai Roosevelt/St. Luke’s Medical Center. In 2008 she started her own skin care line as president of LIVAD Skin Care, LLC. Learn more at