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What is Melanotan 2 and how can it add a dash of colour to your look?

Melanotan 2 is a synthetic peptide analogue. It’s now commonly used to touch up the natural alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone to increase melanin in skin cells. Confused? Medical parlance can be bewildering. Let’s put it in simple words to understand what Melanotan 2 is and how it works.

This peptide was initially made in an attempt to prevent skin cancer. The research suggested that Melanotan 2 could be a groundbreaking solution to create a protective tan against the effects of UV rays. However, it’s not yet approved for skin cancer patients as more research is needed.

Sunless tanning for aesthetic enhancement is where MT2 has already proved its worth. When this substance finds its way into your body, it stimulates it to produce more melanin, a pigment that is normally increased with UV radiation. Once its level goes up, it darkens your skin as a natural defence mechanism against burning. As a result, your skin develops a beautiful tan without long-term sun exposure.

What is Melanotan 1?

MT2 is not the only lab-made peptide that can increase melanin. It shares a similar mechanism of action with its other version – Melanotan 1. Both substances can be given as shots or sprayed in the nose.

The difference between Melanotan 1 and 2 lies in what melanocortin receptors they bind to. MT1 is known to tie with the M1CR to kick-start melanogenesis (another medical term for melanin production). Besides, it can be a boon to patients with increased sensitivity to UV rays due to erythropoietic protoporphyria.

Melanotan 2 also binds to the M1CR. Apart from that, it ties with other receptors that are responsible for sexual function and arousal. That is why it may help with ED and similar conditions while giving you a tanned look.

Melanotan side effects

MT2 injections may have side effects, especially in first-timers. Because the difference between Melanotan 1 and 2 is quite subtle, both substances may cause:

  • facial flushing
  • mild nausea
  • tiredness

The side effects of Melanotan 2 may also include random penile erections. But a thought-out injection routine can reduce any symptoms that you may find troubling. That is why it’s a great idea to administer MT2 shots before bedtime. Also, you should never inject more substance than it’s needed to achieve your desired skin colour. You can learn more about the dosage in this guide.