This May Hurt a Little. Tan by Injection? Welcome to the 21st Century
The Barbie Drug
There is currently a study underway on a synthetic hormone called Melanotan, which stimulates the body’s natural melanin production to give a ‘suntan’ without sun exposure. Melanotan’s side effects include; increase in libido and decrease in appetite… hmmm. No wonder it has been dubbed ‘The Barbie Drug’. It is also being trialled as a treatment for rosacea.
Trials of Melanotan have yielded significant results. Added to the obvious effect of producing a tanned appearance, other results showed:
*Sunburn injury reduced more than 50% in fair skinned people
*Fair skinned people reported up to 100% increase in melanin in some areas
The dark pigment called melanin is the body’s natural defense against sunburn; However, the problem is that melanin production is stimulated only AFTER the skin has suffered a sunburn; In other words, there is no chance of a tan without first damaging the skin. Melanotan trials have shown the drug can stimulate melanin production without the sun. Sound too good to be true? There have been three different developments of the drug;
Melanotan I – received orphan-drug status in July 2008. The drug, being developed in Australia by Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd, may now be used to treat the rare genetic disease erythropoietic protoporphyria, which causes severe light-sensitivity to people with fair skin. Patients suffer intolerable pain, swelling, and scarring from exposure to light and often can’t go outside. It will be available as a slow release capsule about the size of a grain of rice to be implanted under the skin by a doctor.
Melanotan II – was already being sold as an injectable drug with a very long disclaimer warning that it was to be used for “research” purposes only. In August of 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to internet business, Melanocorp to stop the illegal sale of Melanotan II as it is currently an unapproved product making unsubstantiated claims that could pose a heath risk to the public. You can read the letter here.
Bremelanotide or “Passion” – was being researched as a nasal spray treatment for sexual disfunction in men and women but ran into problems because it caused unusually high blood pressure.
NOTE: The Pale Girl finds this injectable tan fascinating, but in no way endorses it or has any idea where to go to get it. If anyone has tried this drug, please comment on your experience!