What is Melanotan and how does it work? : Cancer Research UK

What is Melanotan and how does it work? 

As published by Cancer Research UK

Melanotan is a synthetic hormone that works by increasing the levels of melanin, a natural dark pigment in the skin. Melanin causes the skin to darken or tan. It provides a small amount of protection against sun exposure. There are two types of Melanotan – Melanotan I and Melanotan II.

It is currently illegal to sell tan injections such as Melanotan. This is because this product is unlicensed as it has not been safety tested so we do not know if this drug has any side effects or how serious they could be.

Why is it illegal?

Melanotan is illegal in the UK because:

  • It has not been tested for safety, quality or effectiveness.
  • No one knows what the possible side effects are or how serious they could be.

The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) tests medical products in the UK. They are warning people not to use Melanotan and they say that the product is being “advertised and sold illegally”.

David Carter, from the MHRA said:

“We are warning people not to use this product. Don’t be fooled into thinking that Melanotan offers a shortcut to a safer and more even tan. The safety of these products is unknown and they are unlicensed in the UK. The side effects could be extremely serious. If you have used either of these products do not use them again and if you have any concerns you should seek advice from your doctor.”

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