What is Melanotan 2?
Melanotan 2 is a peptide which was developed by scientists to help reduce skin cancer!
It has also know uses of combating against low libido and tanning the skin. Melanotan 2 (MT2), dubbed the ‘barbie drug’ has created a considerable stir in the tanning world. Known for its tanning properties Melanotan 2 has become moderately of a phenomenon across the internet and but why?
You may or may not have heard of Melanotan 2, but it has been in circulation for quite some time now, some say that it enables you to achieve a ‘sunless tan’ that has survived said to lower the risks of skin cancer, by protecting you from harmful UV rays. It is mainly distributed via the internet through many different online businesses and has become highly popular amongst bodybuilders, salon users, and general everyday people. There are various labs all over the world that create MT2, these can be found in Australia, China, U.S.A to name but a few, and it seems that more and more people are coming round to the idea of it.
As already mentioned, there are many different suppliers all over the internet where MT2 can be found and purchased. It is usually contained in 10mg glass vials that have been vacuum sealed by the laboratories they were created in. These are then obtained by various companies/people all over the web and sold on to customers that are looking for that ‘sunless tan.’
Melanotan 2 was named the ‘sunless tan’ as you don’t have to be in the sun when using it. It can be ‘activated’ at first, by spending a few hours under a sun-bed to initiate the process, from here you continue the administration course to gain the tan and then by topping up your MT2 levels on a regular basis the cream or color that you desire can be achieved.
Many people have jumped at the opportunity to use Melanotan 2 and have scoured the internet looking for a regular supply. There are various methods of using Melanotan 2, but the most popular process seems to be using a ‘tanning injection.’ This involves mixing the MT2 with bacteriostatic water within the provided vacuum sealed vial, then extracting a portion of the mix with a syringe. From here, the needle is then inserted into fatty tissue, e.g., the belly area, and the combination is then injected. This has been found to be the most popular method used by people as it is consumed by the body quicker, suggesting that the results are more pronounced sooner.
Another popular method that is used is pre-mixing the vial, again, with bacteriostatic water and placing the mixture into a nasal spray bottle. This technique has been used by people that don’t like the idea of using a syringe, and it offers a simple alternative.
Some methods that are still in development and being studied under clinical trials are the implant version and the pill form. These methods are still undergoing research within various labs around the world and have not been mass produced.
So where did Melanotan 2 come from?
It was first synthesized at the department of pharmacology in the United States’ own University of Arizona (UAC). The team of scientists that led the trials was hoping to find a new way of battling skin cancer and reducing the rate of people harmed by ultraviolet light. These trials were conducted and began in the early nineties, scientists understood, that by incorporating their knowledge of the chemicals found in the human body, the results they desired could be achieved by creating a synthetic version of the body’s naturally occurring hormone alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone(a-MSH).
Through extensive research and a lot of time probably getting mad! They completed their goal and managed to produce what we now know as Melanotan 2.
Not only was MT2 created to battle skin cancer, but it was also created to help very fair skinned people, e.g., people that have red hair and freckles with very light skin, albinism, etc. People that have very light skin tend to burn easier when in the sun, so the risk of skin cancer is higher for people with that skin type. By using MT2, the scientists believed that they could help to reduce that risk and lower the risks for everyone.
Melanotan 2 works by speeding up the natural tanning process known as melanogenesis. This involves interacting with the body’s skin cells – Melanocytes, this then gives the skin cells the ability to produce more melanin – this is the body’s natural pigment. By accelerating this process the skin can produce an all over body tan at a quicker rate, this should then protect the skin a lot more when exposed to sunlight.
Instead of applying cream or lotions to your skin you inject hormonal peptides which are what in Melanotan 2 into the skin. The tan injections help to stimulate your body’s natural tanning mechanism to create a tan. All of this without you needing to expose your body to high levels of UV radiation which can prove very harmful first.
This is certainly a product for those who have problems getting a tan or burn easily when sunbathing. They will find this product even more beneficial to them. Melanotan 2 contains a synthesized and screened peptide hormone that is 1,000 times more potent than the natural alpha-melanocyte (a-MSH) hormone that our bodies produce.
The actual injecting of this self-tanning product into the skin does not take long, and you don’t need anybody to assist you. However, this is certainly not a way of getting a safe, natural tan if you are afraid of needles or injections.
When you purchase the solution, you find that is provided with not only the Melanotan 2 solution but also bacteriostatic water. Before you commence using this product you need to mix 1ml of the water into the self-tanning solution making sure you allow the new mixture time to settle before you begin using it. Ideally, allow around 5 to 10 minutes for the mixture to decide before you begin using it.
There were some side effects during the trials, some of these included: mild nausea, loss of appetite, and men suffered from spontaneous penile erections. A study was published in 2000, that concluded; men who used MT2 that suffer from erectile dysfunction were able to achieve an erection, the UAC stated: “that Melanotan 2 is a potent initiator of penile erection in men with erectile dysfunction.”
How does Melatonan work?
Melanotan 2 is similar to a substance in our bodies called “melanocyte-stimulating hormone” which increases the darkening of the pigments in our bodies.
Why do I need it?
Well, Melanotan 2 is used to tan the skin, and commonly referred to as a “tanning drug”.
This is because it darkens the pigments of the skin quite significantly, and when used in conjunction with mild sun exposure, you will get that sun-kissed skin very quickly!
How do I use it?
To use Melanotan 2, you must not be afraid of needles. Don’t worry, you need insulin needles for peptides, these needles are so thin, you probably won’t even know they are in you. You need to buy Bacteriostatic or sterile water, even sodium chloride solution is suitable in order to mix the Melanotan 2 powder. To do this, you simply withdraw 1mL of the solution and inject the solution into a 10mg vial of Melanotan 2.
How much do I need?
This question is dependant on your skin type.
Please check out the image below to help determine.
|Skin type||Classification||Total dose of melanotan 2|
|Skin type 1||extremely Fair skin, rarely tans||30mg|
|Skin type 2||Fair Skin, sometimes tans||30mg|
|Skin type 3||medium skin, always tans||10-20mg|
|Skin type 4||Olive skin, always tans, rarely burns||10mg|
PLEASE NOTE: Do not take these doses at once. This is potentially dangerous. Please continue reading to learn how much to take.
Taking melanotan 2 requires a 10-day phase of “loading”, which is essentially a higher dose phase to saturate your body in it.
Each day of the loading phase, you are required to take 1mg.
After the loading phase, you should take anywhere from .25mg (.025mL) to .5mg (.05mL) daily.
You should repeat this until you are at your desired tan. If you have a skin type 3 or 4, you may not want to do the loading phase and stick to a low dose every other day.
Once you are at your desired tan level, you need to continue taking some weekly, in order to maintain your tan. You do this via injecting 1mg once per week.
Do I need to continue taking Melanotan 2, and how long does the tan last?
Luckily, the tan will last longer than it would have if you did it naturally. The tan will last approximately 2-3 months, whereas it would normally last about 4 weeks!
How do I store Melanotan 2
You should store lypholized (unmixed) Melanotan 2 in a freezer, in which it will stay good for over a year, but it will last room temperature for 12 weeks before turning bad.
If you have already mixed Melanotan 2, it will last for 3-5 weeks in the fridge, but about 2 weeks outside the fridge.
never freeze mixed peptides!
Melanotan 2 Summary
- MT2 is a safe compound
- It is quite cheap to buy quality Melanotan II
- When used for tanning, It is very effective and will tan you well over 10x faster than when tanning without it!
Sol Ruiz heads our Research Digest department. He graduated from the New York University where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Health.