Indications

Even with recent improvement in DHA formulations, the color achieved remains dependent on skin type. Individuals of medium complexion with skin phototypes II or III [14], as opposed to those who are lighter or darker, will obtain a more pleasing color. Individuals with underlying golden skin tones will achieve better results than individuals with rosy, sallow, or olive complexions. Older consumers with roughened, hyperkeratotic skin or mottled pigmentation with freckling may be less pleased with their use. Dermatologists regularly recommend these products for tanning as a safe alternative to UV exposure. They may be used to camouflage some skin irregularities such as leg spider veins. Light-to medium-complected patients with vitiligo who show increased contrast with the vitiligi-nous areas with natural or unavoidable tanning in their normal skin may also benefit. They may even provide some protection for individuals with certain photosensitivity disorders [15].

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