An isomer of glyceraldehyde important in the metabolism of carbohydrates and used topically to darken the skin.

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Contemporary Examples of dihydroxyacetone

  • The active ingredient in the spray tan is dihydroxyacetone (DHA), the same as in over-the-counter bronzers.

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Historical Examples of dihydroxyacetone

  • The dihydroxyacetone then passes through the stages previously postulated (p. 106).