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delta



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:17 pm    Post subject: Help I've become allergic to sunless tanners! Reply with quote

I've suddenly become allergic to sunless tanning. I've been using the mystic tan for about 3 years and also used L'Oreal tanners. The last few times that I used them I started itching after about 2 days. It started on my shins and now the itching is everywhere. I'm assuming that I've become allergic to DHA. I don't want to tan in the sun or the tanning booth and I look horrible without a little color to hide spots and aging etc. Does anyone know of a tanner that doesn't contain DHA that works? I'm so upset about this development. :(
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Jouke



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The same thing happened to me about ten years ago: allergic for DHA :-(
I used to use it almost always, and suddenly I couldn't have it anymore.
I looked everywhere and found just one self tanner without DHA......but it didn't do anything for me :-( It probably wasn't a commercial hit too for they don't sell it anymore.
After that I didn'd use a selftanner for years, but the last year I use it now and then, without an allergic reaction.
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jamesherried



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's just as well that you found yourself allergic to self-tanners, since the chemical used in most of them (such as the one they use in Mystic Tan) has been shown (in one study) to do damge to the DNA in the skin cellls anyway. So there's a question as to whether they're safe or not, for anyone. I would stay away from them, whether you're allergic to them or not. The slogan "the only safe tan is a fake tan" was certainly useful for marketing purposes, but it may not be true after all. Mystic Tan won't like this of course, because I believe they've been making a lot of money from their self-tanning, spray-on booths.
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Ton



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where did you find that study?
Dihydroxyacetone phospate is sometimes also used as a supplement by athletes.
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delta



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! I didn't know that about Mystic. I used to worry about getting it into my lungs but never thought about it harming my DNA. I guess it is a blessing in disguise then. I have been sunning for about 15 min. on each side a few times a week so that I have at least a light tan. At my age though I feel horrible for being out in the sun. All I can think about is wrinkles when I'm out there. I do cover my face and neck completely. My skin just looks so bad when I don't have a little color :( Thanks all for the info and maybe they'll come up with a safer alternative to DHA soon.
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jamesherried



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ton wrote:
Where did you find that study?
Dihydroxyacetone phospate is sometimes also used as a supplement by athletes.


If I recall correctly, the study was posted by someone on this forum, over a year ago. I don't remember where that person found the study. At the time, Dr. Todorov's reply to it was that it would be wise to exercise caution in regards to applying DHA to the skin. But I don't know what his opinion is now.
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jamesherried



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

delta wrote:
Wow! I didn't know that about Mystic. I used to worry about getting it into my lungs but never thought about it harming my DNA. I guess it is a blessing in disguise then. I have been sunning for about 15 min. on each side a few times a week so that I have at least a light tan. At my age though I feel horrible for being out in the sun. All I can think about is wrinkles when I'm out there. I do cover my face and neck completely. My skin just looks so bad when I don't have a little color :( Thanks all for the info and maybe they'll come up with a safer alternative to DHA soon.


If you go to the skinbiology website, they have (or at least used to have) some tips on what they consider to be "safe suntanning", or as close to safe as possible. Also, there's more evidence now that your diet (and certain supplements) can have some effect on how resistant you are to the potential damage from the sun. If I recall correctly, one person on this forum claimed that just by following Dr. Perricone's diet and supplement plan, they were able to stay out in the sun longer without noticing any negative effects, such as burning. Also, I know one women who takes a daily mixed carotenoid supplement, because she claims it prevents her from burning when she goes out in the sun. Then there's a supplement called Heliocare, which is made from a South American fern, that is supposed to contain phytochemicals that prevent burning from the sun.
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jamesherried



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

delta wrote:
Wow! I didn't know that about Mystic. I used to worry about getting it into my lungs but never thought about it harming my DNA. I guess it is a blessing in disguise then. I have been sunning for about 15 min. on each side a few times a week so that I have at least a light tan. At my age though I feel horrible for being out in the sun. All I can think about is wrinkles when I'm out there. I do cover my face and neck completely. My skin just looks so bad when I don't have a little color :( Thanks all for the info and maybe they'll come up with a safer alternative to DHA soon.


You might want to try taking Heliocare supplements when you go out into the sun. Dr. Perricone also claims that taking Pycnogenol supplements can help in this regards too. And then one would think that taking grape seed extract would also help.

WHAT IS HELIOCARE?
UV RAYS CAUSE SIGNIFICANT SKIN DAMAGE.

We are all aware of the damaging effects UVR (ultraviolet radiation) from the sun can have. The skin ages, skin cells change and the sunís damage becomes more obvious.

AN IDEAL PROTECTANT
Heliocare is a capsule that contains an extract of the plant Polypodium Leucotomos (a kind of fern) (PLE). The plant has been used for generations in South America as a folk remedy for skin conditions. Interest in PLE grew out of a desire to find substances that limited the toxicity of ultraviolet on skin. This fern extract was found to decrease the negative effects of UV and this effect would be valuable in protecting normal skin.



Polypodium Leucotomos Extract - PLE (Natural Fern)

Increases tolerance to the sun
Has an important antioxidant effect
Protects immune cells in the skin
Protects skin cell DNA

Heliocare offers significant antioxidant properties to care for the skin;

It Increases tolerance to the sun
It reduces skin changes after chronic exposure to the sun
It helps maintain the skin's elasticity
It provides cell protection in the epidermis
It protects skin DNA
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delta



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you so much for all that information. I have heard about the protection you can get from carotinoids. I know in one of my juice books they have a recipe for one with lots of carrots etc. that they say enables one to stay out in the sun longer. I might try that and I will definitely look into the Heliocare supplements. I'll give an update if any of this seems to help.
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jenjohn



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to be too, but fake bake and jergens don't bother me.
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nicola_bop



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:49 am    Post subject: Re: Help I've become allergic to sunless tanners! Reply with quote

delta wrote:
I've suddenly become allergic to sunless tanning. I've been using the mystic tan for about 3 years and also used L'Oreal tanners. The last few times that I used them I started itching after about 2 days. It started on my shins and now the itching is everywhere. I'm assuming that I've become allergic to DHA. I don't want to tan in the sun or the tanning booth and I look horrible without a little color to hide spots and aging etc. Does anyone know of a tanner that doesn't contain DHA that works? I'm so upset about this development. :(


I have the same problem! First I thought it was alergy to sunshine, but it happened 1 week after return from holiday at seaside. I have used mild self-tanning lotion to keep brown color on my skin, causing same kind of reactions. Currently I am on anti-alergen pills and cream, but the rash does not seem to go away so fast... it does help not to scratch of course. good luck.
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