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Posted by: Marize | 2009/12/03

Tanning pills

Do tanning pills really work?Good or bad for you?

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Hi Marize, thank you for the question.

Tanning pills that contains canthaxanthin (commonly used as a color additive in certain foods) once consumed is deposited throughout the body, including in the layer of fat below the skin, which turns an orange-brown color. These types of tanning pills have been linked to various side effects, including hepatitis and canthaxanthin retinopathy, a condition in which yellow deposits form in the retina of the eye. Side effects including damage to the digestive system and skin surface have also been noted. The FDA withdrew approval for use of canthaxanthin as a tanning agent, and has issued warnings concerning its use.

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Posted by: anti-ageing expert | 2009/12/05

Hi Marize, thank you for the question.

Tanning pills that contains canthaxanthin (commonly used as a color additive in certain foods) once consumed is deposited throughout the body, including in the layer of fat below the skin, which turns an orange-brown color. These types of tanning pills have been linked to various side effects, including hepatitis and canthaxanthin retinopathy, a condition in which yellow deposits form in the retina of the eye. Side effects including damage to the digestive system and skin surface have also been noted. The FDA withdrew approval for use of canthaxanthin as a tanning agent, and has issued warnings concerning its use.

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