1,3-Dihyrdoxyacetone is a hygroscopic, white powder with a minty odor. It is abundantly found in nature as derivative of starch and is an intermediate product of fructose metabolism.  Acronymed as DHA, it is at large used in the cosmetic industry.

The sunless tanning industry has experienced rapid growth due to public education on the dangers of ultraviolet radiation on skin and improvements in products. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is a 3-carbon sugar allowed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a color additive in sunless tanning products.

DHA is manufactured by bacterial fermentation of glycerine and alternatively from formaldehyde using formose reaction.

CAS no.96-26-4
EINECS no.202-494-5
Molecular formulaC3H6O3
Molecular weight90.08
Applications in Medicine
The ketone has a history of medical application.  It was used in 1950’s as an oral drug to treat children with glycon storage disorder.
Applications in Cosmetics
As skin conditioning agent
As reducing agent
As tanning agent
Applications in Intermediates
DHA is a KRM for manufacture of intermediates including but not limited to:
a) Hydroxypyruvic acid
b) 1-(4-methylbenzyl)-1H-5-hydroxymethyl-imidazole
c) 4-Imidazolemethanol HCl
d) Glyceric acid
e) DL-Glyceraldehyde
f) Mannose
g) DL-Arabinose
Other Applications
Chromelin is also used as color additive
DHA is also reported to be used in winemaking


AppearanceWhite or off-white powder
pH4.0 – 6.0
Moisture%Max 0.40
ROI%Max 0.40
Heavy metalsppmMax 10.0
Iron as FeppmMax 25.0
ArsenicppmMax 3.0
Assay%Min 98.0

The product is stored at ambient temperature.

25 kg drum.

REACH Status
Under registration.

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