Women getting fake tans risk infertility problems experts warn

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By: John Roberts 

Lots of women love to have the so called Snooki tan, however, health experts warn that a fake tan causes many health problems.

A "cocktail" of chemicals present in the best-selling lotions for fake tans, may pose a risk to the health of a woman, such as fertility problems, birth defects and even cancer, experts said.

Hazardous substances in the lotions cause hormonal disorders, which can harm babies. They also contain carcinogens, such as formaldehyde and nitrosamines.

An increase in the use of fake tan products can also cause skin irritation, and also cause allergies, diabetes, obesity and fertility problems.

Authorities warned that using fake tans are more worrisome than using other cosmetics, as it is applied throughout the body regularly.

The active ingredient of false tanning products is dihydroxyacetone, which reacts with amino acids of the skin to become brown.

When sprayed on the body, it is often inhaled and absorbed into the bloodstream. Scientists said it could damage the DNA and cause cancer.

"It would be wise to take a precautionary approach to many of these products until its effects are more fully understood," said Jacqueline McGlade, executive director of the European Environment Agency.

"They can be a contributing factor behind the significant increase in cancers, diabetes, obesity and infertility. It is the cocktail effect," she said.

Elizabeth Salter-Green of the U.K. charity Chem Foundation, said: "Many of the chemicals in the tanning sprays are toxic for reproduction and may harm the fetus."



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