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The Skin Cancer Foundation – Guidelines

Understanding Sunburn

Unlike instantaneous burns from touching a heat source, sunburn inflammation and redness usually start about four hours after exposure. Maximum redness generally occurs within 12 to 24 hours, and the painful, burning sensation occurs from 6 to 48 hours after exposure. After a couple days, the outer layers of skin may peel away. Peeling is actually the body’s way of healing itself by shedding the top layer of damaged epidermis.

Severe sunburns can cause chills, fever, nausea, and blistering in various degrees. In cases in which people are stranded without shelter, extremely severe sunburns can cause what is known as sun poisoning. Sun poisoning may be life threatening. It results in severe blistering, a lack of fluids, an imbalance in important chemicals, and it may even lead to deadly infections.

Follow this link to watch a really good animation video explaining sunburn, from Skincancer.org
The Skin Cancer Foundation – Sunburn.

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