In the early 1980s, University of Arizona researchers hypothesized that they could cure various types of skin cancer by inducing the body's natural pigmentary system to create a protective tan before UV exposure. So they synthesized a naturally occurring peptide called Melanotan to accomplish this task. Scientists have since had a tough time using Melanotan to battle skin cancer, but they've found some more reliable uses for this peptide.
Its most immediate use is as a sunless tanning agent, making the peptide very popular among bodybuilders (1). Scientists have also discovered that Melanotan can be very effective at curing sexual dysfunction. But it's worth mentioning that there are two types of this peptide - Melanotan 1 and 2 - and they each have their own individual benefits and traits. That said, let's answer some common questions about these differences and discuss side effects, dosage, female usage and more.
What is the Difference between Melanotan 1 and 2?
Melanotan 1 or "Melanotan I," when referring to tanning, is a drug currently in trials for light-affected skin disorders. Melanotan 2 is also a drug that's been developed as a skin-tanning agent, and it's popularized as a treatment for sexual dysfunction as well. It is mostly agreed that Melanotan 1 has less side effects, although it's slightly less potent (2).
What Side Effects are Possible?
Those who've used Melanotan have reported that both versions can cause nausea and facial flushing. Melanotan 2 has also been known to cause new freckles and painful erections. Many researchers reported zero side effects when these drugs are used correctly and when they come from a quality source (3).
Is this Safe to use on Females?
Absolutely. Melanotan is not a hormone whatsoever and is safe to use on both female and male sexes. And since Melanotan may have skin cancer-fighting properties, it can allow one to spend more time tanning without fearing UV rays as much (4).
How do I mix?
Simply mix with bac water slowly, then store in fridge.
What is the Dosage?
Melanotan 1 shouldbe dosed 1mg per day for a week and then a maintenance dose of 2-3X per week. Thereafter, it is recommended taking this peptide before tanning. Melanotan 2 should be dosed at half an mg per day for a week, and then reduced to a quarter mg twice a week. These are merely average dosages, and one should always research what dosage will be best in one's own circumstance.
How long until you notice results?
Usually one will notice results within 1-4 weeks. New freckles may appear, however, this is nothing to be alarmed about.
Does Melanotan wear off? If so, when will it wear off?
Melanotan should be cycled on and off and, yes, the tan will fade away over time once you cease use.
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