Don't be surprised. A lot of people haven't heard of Melanotan. Melanotan is a tanning peptide that stimulates the production of melanin in the body to foster a deep, natural tan. This is the body's way of protecting itself from too much sun exposure by increasing the level of melanin in the body. Melanin is your body's natural response to UV damage. The end result is a darkening of the skin.
Obviously, the drawback from too much tanning is the amount of damage UV radiation can do. This can lead to skin cancer and other serious health problems.
How it works?
Melanotan 2 works by stimulating the release of the pigment melanin from the skin. Less UV exposure is necessary with Melanotan 2 compared to “normal tanning”, and the tan that occurs with tanning injections is deeper and longer lasting than an individual’s “normal tan”. Melanotan works best (has the most noticeable effects) on people with fair skin tones.
How is MT2 Used?
Peptide is shipped enclosed in a vial. It is in a powder dried form that must be reconstituted using sterile water and then injected under the skin (subcutaneously) where it is absorbed into the skin and spread throughout.
Lasting Tan: Even if the dosage is stopped, a warm sun-kissed tan can last for months at a time without any exposure to the sun. Conversely, tans developed naturally fade in around a months time.
Flexibility of Use: Able to take a small loading dose with continued dosing until desired skin pigmentation is achieved. Once achieved only need to dose once every couple of weeks to maintain the same pigment.
Reduced exposure to sunlight (UV rays): Melanotan still needs exposure to sunlight to be effective. However, it will allow the user a significant reduction in time to develop the desired tan.
Side effects: Side effects for Melanotan 2 include nausea, appetite loss, facial flushing and increased libido. Side effects are generally mild and tend to diminish over time. Some research suggests nausea can be reduced by injecting MT-II after dinner or before bed. Athletes and bodybuilders have injected peptides like Melanotan 2 intermittently to prolong their tan since a tan aided by Melanotan can last 2-3 times as long as a normal tan. Like other peptides, Melanotan is a fragile molecule, therefore Melanotan nasal sprays, pre-mixed peptides, pills, oral and loose powder are not often legitimate for research effectiveness.
Dosage: Research quality peptides are supplied as a lyophilized powder that must be mixed with bacteriostatic water for injection just prior to use. A suggested research dose is weight based. Below example is for an average 154lb/70kg adult.
Based on this, 220lb/100kg male can take 1.5-2mg as a weekly dosage. An 110lb/50kg female should start off with 0.25mg to be safe and then move to 0.5mg and 1mg if needed.
Here is a helpful reference dosage calculator
Pre-loading does is 2x or 3x smaller than your normal maintenance dosage. As a reminder, you do not need to do this unless you are in a rush to get really dark in a matter of days.
Noteworthy: Many online sources sell an ineffective product. Also, peptides are fragile by nature and are not effective when they are taken orally (pills, shakes, etc) because they will be broken down by the digestive process. Instead, peptides are mixed with bacteriostatic water and then injected under the skin with an insulin needle. Peptide injections in this manner are nearly painless and have clinically proven effectiveness.
Conclusions: Melanotan not a treatment or cure for anything. Nor should it be considered a preventative treatment for skin cancer. Despite this tanning peptide being known to protect the skin through the natural tanning process, it is not in and itself a guaranteed full proof UV shield. However, it is a great way for those who don't tan easily to get sun-kissed all year long with minimal exposure to the sun.