What is Melanotan 2?
Melanotan is a type of peptide called a melanotropin peptide which is an analog of the alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone. This peptide is created and circulated within the skin. Synthetic Melanotan 2 is designed to tan and darken skin.
Melanotan 2 is a smaller and more potent than melanotan 1,it targets more melanocortin receptors. This new peptide has a protective ring of amino acids which further seperates it from the linear style peptide of melanotan 1, which ensures better absorption.
How is it used?
Melanotan comes freeze dried and sealed in a multi-use sterile vile which is injected under the skin where it binds to melanocortin receptors. These receptors influence things like pigmentation, appetite, skin inflammation, and sexual function.
For practical purposes, this means that those that have fair skin, can achieve a rich, natural-looking tan even if they have an allergy to sunlight. This also means that these peptides make one of the best defenses against skin cancer available, all without spending years trying to develop a tan that will protect the skin.
When taking melanotan to darken the skin, it's important to remember that the tanning effect is a side effect of the peptide. When UV damage occurs in cells, the body responds by dispatching cells to repair this damage which then tan to protect the skin from further damage. This means that the user's body is not growing darker but is in fact tanning naturally with help from the peptide.
The Fitzpatrick Skin Chart
In order to fully measure the differences between fairer skin tones and darker ones, the Fitzpatrick skin type chart organizes them into one of six categories, making it easy to identify those who are at greater risk for skin cancer and make keeping track of tanning efforts easy.
Actual injection takes place by pinching the skin loose from the muscle and raising it so that a needle can be inserted between the skin and muscle. This is not a deep injection and melanotan should be injected in the fat layer of the skin.
The first dosage should be fairly small, as little as .25mg in order to gauge the reaction of the user's body. This dosage should be taken before going to sleep for to let the peptides work overnight. Any problems that may arise will do so overnight, thus upon waking the user will know how their body will react. Ideally, the user should not feel anything.
If no adverse effects have shown up, it's fairly safe to assume that no problems will occur. After this initial span, loading dosages can be done once per day, consisting of an injection of 0.5 to 1mg. Those who have used doses in this range report getting good results and darkening skin pigmentation. Missing days will not make a lot of difference which will make it easier for people who travel or tend to forget things to keep dosing.
Maintenance doses are taken once the desired pigmentation has been reached and requires much less frequent dosage than once a day. Normally maintenance dose is 2x or 3x your loading dose and is done once a week. Example: Sue was injecting 0.5mg every day and had a sunbed session every other day, after 8 days she was happy with her achieved skin tone, then she stopped taking melanotan daily and maintained her tan by injecting 1mg once a week day before sunbed session. This is maintenance dose, as the name implies, maintain the established color without darkening the skin further.
Melanotan is not a completely sunless tanner. Users will still need to be exposed to UV radiation (whether from a tanning bed or actual sunlight) in order to build a tan. Without this exposure, the skin will not tan. However, it should be noted that while taking this peptide, the user's normally exposed skin (face, arms, hands, etc.) will be tanning quickly whether or not it is intended.
This makes it important to know what areas are exposed and which the user decides they want tanned. Covering these exposed areas when intentionally tanning other parts of the body with a towel or heavy SPF compound (zinc oxide, for example) can keep the pigmentation even while the body darkens. It should be noted that a tan can creep up unexpectedly. Tans generally set in thirty six hours after exposure to UV rays, ergo dosing should be done gradually and carefully.
Dosing Melanotan 2 can be done until the desired pigmentation has been reached, after which time the injections can be cut down to a frequency that will maintain the color and keep side effects to a negligible level. Ceasing dosage for an extended amount of time will return the user's sensitivity to the peptide, making it easy to reduce pigmentation and then rebuilding the tan to the desired level.
Though tans protect the skin from burning, the melanotan peptide will not protect the skin. This makes it important not to overexpose oneself when first starting the therapy. Starting only with the amount of exposure that the user's skin can handle without burning. It shouldn't take long before the user can handle longer exposures to strong sunlight without adverse effects.
Regular dosing is key until the desired pigmentation is achieved, at which point injections can be cut to once every 7 days. Some experimentation will be required to find out how long one can go without loosing pigment. This will become the maintenance dose.