Staining of Skin with Dihydroxyacetone

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Science  30 Sep 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3431, pp. 894-895
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3431.894


The reaction of skin with dihydroxyacetone to produce a brown "artificial tan" appears to proceed through combination with free amino groups in skin proteins, and particularly by combination of dihydroxyacetone with the free guanido group in arginine.

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