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Though research in the United States has almost entirely ceased, Melanotan is still making its rounds in the medical field as a hopeful solution to a variety of ailments. If you’re interested in getting involved in the research of Melanotan but don’t know where to start, we’ve put together a short background on the chemical and where it stands today.
What is Melanotan?
Melanotan, also known as Melanotan-II, is a synthetic (lab-made) chemical similar to a naturally occurring hormone found in people. It is essentially a synthetic version of an alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone(a-MSH). It is not the same as the sleep aid melatonin.
First synthesized in the early 1990s, though research first began all the way back in the 1960s, by the department of pharmacology at the University of Arizona (UAC) in an effort to battle skin cancer and hopefully reduce the harm caused by harmful ultraviolet light from the sun and other sources.
What is Melanotan Used for?
Used to promote the bodies pigment tissue (melanin) to halt cancer malignancy by strengthening the bodies melanin production without exposure to the sun and possibly help increase the quality of life for those who suffer from albinism by increasing the skin’s resilience to sunburn and cancer. In the simplest of terms, it helps people tan better, offering protection from the sun’s harmful rays.