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Tanning Enhancers


A number of products such as tanning enhancers and accelerants are advertised for use with sunbeds. Some claim to keep the skin moisturized during tanning, some claim to prevent premature skin ageing and contain collagen, while others make the skin tingle and claim to increase circulation in the skins surface, thus enhancing the tanning process. The amino acid tyrosine is contained in some tanning stimulants in the belief it increases the tanning process due to increased melanin formation.


It’s illegal, you have to inject it in to your skin, and there can be severe side effects. No its not heroin, its Melanotan I and Melanotan II. These are tanning accelerators which are injected in to the skin. They are promoted as increasing skin pigmentation without UV radiation exposure.  Both of these products are currently undergoing clinical trials and are not licensed in Europe or the USA.  In the UK, The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has warned people not to use these unlicensed products. The side effects have not been fully investigated, and the British Medical Journal drew attention to the fact that patients who had used melanotan I and II, showed rapid changes in the appearance of pre-existing melanocytic naevi (moles).


 Current side effects include:tanningenhancer

  • Severe vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Flushing (especially facial)
  • Headache
  • Lethargy
  • Itching
  • Dizziness
  • Skin pigmentation
  • New moles appearing
  • White patches
  • Existing moles darkening, changing
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Anaphylactic shock