If you are using tanning products then stop! The use of these kinds of products can be harmful to the extent you can’t even think. Dermatologists have marked many tanning products as ‘Dangerous’ and prohibited people to use them.
A tanned body is what people are going crazy for, and to get the one they are using the banned tanning products. For a brown body, people are getting a different kind of drugs not even cross-checking if the product they are using is legal or not. Numerous social-media influencers are found promoting these banned tanning products to their innocent followers, who without even thinking twice starts using them just to get the look they are shown by their ideal influencers. Instead of cherishing the original you, people are finding it trendy and impressive to have a golden-brown body. In the market, you will find many nasal sprays and injectables to make your body look tan. These injectables and nasal spray contain ‘Melanotan-2’ in it, which is banned in the UK. let’s have a look at why is that so and what is it?
Melancon-2 is a lab-made hormone or an artificial hormone, basically a chemical. This artificial hormone has a similarity to the hormone that is found in the human body mainly known as a melanocyte-stimulating hormone. The basic reason to create Melanotan-2 is to cure skin conditions. The natural hormone that is found in our body is used to produce skin darkening pigments. So, people who lack this hormone in their bodies are white and can use Melanotan-2 to make their body colour darker.
Many untested products are being sold in large numbers and the unaware public about the side effects they can face buying them in bulks. Not only these people are suggesting their friend’s relatives use one without checking if it’s licenced or not.
What are the side effects of Melanotan?
As it is not natural but a chemical, it is obvious that there will be some side effects of it. There will be a reason behind banning this chemical in the UK. so, let’s learn more about it. Well, a dermatologist says that it is unsafe to use Melanotan when given as a shot. There can happen a lot of problems if you do so like stomach cramps, darkened skin, change in appetite(decrease), tiredness, spontaneous erections of the penis, nausea, flushing, etc. A special kind of change is found in light skin people like the appearance of new moles, change in the shape of existing ones, and the worst is skin cancer.
Skin Cancer caused by Injectables
Liv, a woman from the UK, ordered tanning injections she found on a UK based website. She used it on her stomach and immediately went on a sunbed, following the instructions given on the product. The sudden effect of the injectable was that it gave her a headache but she ignored it. But the worst was taking time. After 8 months, there was a mole on her thigh which was kind of strange. She then took the help of the dermatologist and made it removed. But soon after the removal of that mole, she got diagnosed with skin cancer, a stage-one melanoma. She went through the surgery and was left with a scar.
The problem faced by Nasal Spray user
Elaina brought a nasal spray tanning product from social media. And as soon as she used it, her face was on fire and turned red. Just like other obsessed people she ignored this and went using it continuously. But just after one week her throat kind of blocked and she was finding it difficult to breathe.
Doctors found it common that time that every third person is coming with strange symptoms and problems, and then asked the patients what they are using the only answer they listen to is Tanning products.
How Melanotan-2 is reaching people?
It is the fact of concern that if the Melanotan-2 containing products are banned for selling in the UK then how it is in the reach of normal people? Well, the answer is social media. Many influencers are promoting these products without checking whether these are good for people? One of the famous stars of Geordie Shore Bethan Kershaw said she used a nasal spray of Real Tan on social media to her 700,000 followers. Companies are using influencers or youngsters to promote their products. You will see videos of how to use these products all over the internet and kind of stuff.
Orange Tan is a Sign of Unsafe Tan
Usually, the type of tan you get from the use of these nasal sprays and injectables is Orange in colour. They say that Melanotan-2 is helpful in increasing the melanin pigment that darkens your skin but the problem is it never went through rigorous safety testing. And here is where the main problem starts, people are trusting products that have no proof that it’s good for them. Both the signs whether it is ‘disordered moles’ or ‘orange tan’, the British Association of Dermatologists has taken as a sign of alert.