Misc Aesthetics: Melanotan
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Morning, team! Once again, I’ve teamed up with our friendly nieghborhood biohacker, @BowTiedUM.
Last time we talked about mitigating acne issues on TRT, and this time we’re discussing melanotan. In this post, we’ll cover
How melanotan works
Aaaand before we get into this - friendly reminder that none of this is medical advice nor is it a recommendation that you should experimentally inject yourself.
Just for education and entertainment, okay?
Okay, let’s discuss!
How Melanotan Works
Melanotan is a peptide that upregulates melanogensis.
In layman’s terms, it’s basically a bunch of amino acids that increase your body’s ability to produce melanin.
It was originally developed with the idea of being protective against skin cancer (more melanin = less damage from UV), but there is no long-term evidence of this yet.
That being said, if you’re increasing your melanocytes, there may come a cell cycle that produces cells with faulty DNA that will eventually become melanoma.
We don’t have long-term studies on the effects of melanotan which makes it a risky, treatment.
That being said, people gonna people *shrug*.
After a few cycles, melanotan would permanently darken one’s skin.
There’s the core of the benefit of melanotan: pale individuals who couldn’t even go out in the sun without getting burned can become the type of person that gets tanned.
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