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Dihydroxyacetone

Our database includes 154 products that contain Dihydroxyacetone.

Explained

Dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, is a simple sugar. It is frequently used in self-tanning products.

DHA binds to the amino acids in your dead skin cells to create a brown/orange color. Darkening begins to kick in a few hours after application and will continue to develop for up to 3 days. This ingredient can be drying.

Both the US and the EU have approved DHA in self-tanning products. In the EU, DHA is allowed at a maximum concentration of 10%. Most tanning products usually contain amounts between 3-5%.

If you are pregnant or have underlying medical conditions, it is best to speak with a dermatologist about using self-tanning products.

What it does

Skin Conditioning To hydrate and soften skin
Tanning Darkening of the skin

Alternative names

Dha

Prevalence

Less common Percentage of products that contain it
0.3%
Top categories
Sunscreens
Treatments
Makeup
Position Predominant list placement
Top 25%
Concentration Concentrations we've seen
100%

References

CosIng Data

CosIng ID 75563
INCI Name DIHYDROXYACETONE
EC #  202-494-5
All Functions Redu CI Ng, Skin Conditioning, Tanning