Melanotan 2 Faq's

Melanin is a skin pigment. It occurs in both humans and animals, and is what makes hair, skin, and eyes appear darker. The more Melanin in the body has the darker the pigment and therefore the darker the colour of your skin.

Melanotan works by stimulating the body’s naturally occurring alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (a-MSH), causing Melanogenesis, a process where melanocytes (tanning cells in the skin) produce melanin (pigment).

  • Melanotan 2 will help shorten the amount of time you need to spend tanning, and therefore reduces the exposure to UV rays.
  • Melanotan 2 helps encourage deep pigmentation throughout every layer of your skin, helping your body tan faster as a natural response to protect your skin against UV ray damage.
  • Natural tans will fade quite quickly depending on your skin type. However, Melanotan 2 allows you to enjoy a deep tan for months on end without the need for much sun exposure.

Melanotan is administered sub-cutaneously by injecting into the fatty layer of tissue around the belly button area. Inject daily until a desired colour is achieved and then continue to inject once or twice a week to maintain the colour.

Some darkening of the skin may occur using the injection alone but the effects are far more dramatic when used along with exposure to UV light (sun or tanning bed) 2-3 times a week initially and then 1-2 times a week thereafter.

Preparation of Injectable Melanotan

Take the following steps to prepare your Melanotan 2.

  • Remove cap from the top of the glass vial, wipe surface with alcohol wipe.
  • Remove cap/lid from the sterile water.
  • Remove needle/syringe from its packaging and insert into the bottle of sterile water.
  • Draw out 1ml or 1 full syringe of sterile water from the bottle and depress it into the Melanotan 2 vial. (The more sterile water added to the Melanotan 2 vial the more diluted the solution will become.)
  • Once the sterile water has been added the lyophilised powder within the Melanotan vial it will begin to dissolve, gentle rotation on the bottle will help the solution dissolve correctly.
  • Finally it is important to create equal pressure inside of the Melanotan 2 vial, this can be done by simply removing the plunger completely from syringe and inserting the needle into the vial as normal, this will allow the added air to be removed.
  • It is always important to sterilise the top of the melanotan vial and skin.
  • Information on sub-cutaneous injections can be found on youtube or google.

Injectable Melanotan Dosage

  • As previously stated the more sterile water added to the Melanotan 2 vial the more diluted the solution becomes, this depends on how long you would like the vial to last.
  • Common dosage is 1 tenth of a ml/ 1 IU (international unit) every day for 10 days. (This is using the above example of mixing the solution with 1ml or sterile water)
  • Maintenance dosage thereafter can be 1 or 2 units per week depending on desired colour.

The Preparation of Melanotan Nasal spray is similar to its injectable version apart from having to transfer the contents into a nasal spray bottle.

Preparation of Nasal Melanotan

Take the following steps to prepare your Nasal Melanotan 2.

  • Remove cap from the top of the glass vial, wipe surface with alcohol wipe.
  • Remove cap/lid from the sterile water.
  • Remove needle/syringe from its packaging and insert into the bottle of sterile water.
  • Draw out 1ml or 1 full syringe of sterile water from the bottle and depress it into the Melanotan 2 vial. (The more sterile water added to the Melanotan 2 vial the more diluted the solution will become.)
  • Once the sterile water has been added the lyophilised powder within the Melanotan vial it will begin to dissolve, gentle rotation on the bottle will help the solution dissolve correctly.
  • Draw the full contents out of the Melanotan vial out and transfer to the nasal spray bottle.
  • Then pour the remaining contents of the sterile water into the nasal spray bottle. 
  • Nasal Melanotan is considered to be 30-50% as effective as its injectable counterpart therefore common practice is to mix 2 x 10mg bottles of Melanotan 2 to a nasal spray bottle.
Nasal Melanotan Dosage 

Dosage for 10mg of Melanotan 2 mixed with 5ml of sterile water is as follows.

  • Two pumps (One in each nostril)

Follow this protocol until tanning intensity has been reached, as previously stated Nasal Spray Melanotan 2 is considered to be between 30-50% as effective as its injectable counterpart, therefore common practice is to mix 2 x 10mg vials and 2 x 5ml sterile water to each nasal spray bottle.

Maintenance dosage can be between 2 pumps 3 times a week depending on the tanning intensity that is desired.

Please Note: The above dosage instructions are guidelines and some users may require higher or lower dosages. 

Once diluted Melanotan 2 should be stored upright and in a cool dark place away from direct sunlight.

Short term side effects after administration include:

  • Facial flushing
  • Reduced appetite, nausea and vomiting
  • In males, spontaneous erections 1-5 hours after administration, associated with yawning and stretching complex

This will fully depend on your skin type. Usually expect to see visible results around 1-3 week mark, this will also depend on the frequency of which you are using a tanning bed. The Fitzpatrick Scale will give an indication of which skin type you have before hand. 

Skin Type I – Very fair skin tone. Prone to burns, and generally doesn’t tan at all.

Skin Type II – Fair skin tone. Prone to burns, however, can generally develop a slight tan over the summer.

Skin Type III – Medium skin tone. Can burn with intense sun exposure and generally tans fairly well.

Skin Type IV – Olive skin tone. Rarely burns, even after lots of sun exposure, always tans well.

Skin Type V – Brown skin tone. Never burns, regardless of sun exposure, generally tans well.

Skin Type VI – Definite pigmentation. Never burns, regardless of sun exposure, tans very easily.

 

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