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Women Are Stabbing and Jabbing For a Tan

You know the saying, "The only safe tan is a fake tan"? Time to add a caveat to the otherwise truthful phrase. Some women have been injecting themselves with Melanotan, an illegal drug that stimulates melanin production, therefore creating a darker skin tone.

Doctors worry that the ingredients activate potentially cancerous skin cells, which could increase the likelihood of skin cancer. In the short term, side effects aren't so cool. After accidentally using 20 units in one go, 36-year-old beautician Caroline Scott became bedridden, but that didn't stop her from trying again:

"I did feel a bit nauseous again, but that soon passed and a week later I developed an even, golden tan. But although I was pleased with the results, I noticed that my moles looked a bit darker and more pronounced. . . I realized that I had no idea what the long-term effects were, and the changes in my moles worried me because that can be a sign of skin cancer. I’ve since decided to place my health above vanity."

While scientists investigate the safety of the drug, women are still buying it on the black market. (In the UK, it's illegal to sell Melanotan, but buying it is legal.) I think it should go without saying, but ladies: Do not inject yourselves with unknown substances to get a tan! If you absolutely have to have a golden glow, fake it with self-tanner. With so many options available, there's simply no reason to jab yourself with a potentially shady medicine.


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ClearSkinDiva14 ClearSkinDiva14 7 years
MoreAzucarPlease MoreAzucarPlease 8 years
Interesting article today in Wired Magazine about all of this: .:' Azucar ':,
ClearSkinDiva14 ClearSkinDiva14 8 years
mandeelei, you think its okay? no offense, i agree with you about it being safer than tanning beds. but, this is just plain sick. seriously, if people are that desperate to get a tan, then they should get the spray-on or lotion from the drugstore. I have this lotion from Jergens that tans me if I use it regularly.
MandeeLei MandeeLei 8 years
Awesome. Instead of those toxic tanning beds that give you skin cancer you can just shoot yourself up with something that we have no idea what the real long term side effects are. Sounds like a wonderful idea.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
"asians love being white" Well, there are some Asians who are naturally very fair. They don't love it -- it's just how God made them.
Who knows what this stuff will do to you in the long run. Nothing like being tan with tumors all over your body.
smiley13tree smiley13tree 8 years
): people always want things they can't have. asians love being white. i am nowhere near white. i don't mind though.
whitesnow whitesnow 8 years
michael, I've heard dat a person like me can become tan w/ this. I must say it is all rather interestin' For once I wanna try and be tan!! I'm gunna search for more informatun 'bout this. /me goes for Google search box bye! <3 whitesnow
vanitypot vanitypot 8 years
in my country, some have this fetish of injecting themselves with Glutathione to whiten themselves up and in the West, many are fascinated with our color thus getting a tan o_O i wish more people would just love the skin they're in.. :|
michaeluvnikita michaeluvnikita 8 years
are you a redhead? I have been tan since I was born. I 'm black. Tanning if you are white is not good for your skin dear. You only need 10 mns of sun for vitamin D. Anymore than that, you are asking for trouble. Get a spray tan.
whitesnow whitesnow 8 years
I really wanna just try to hav a real tan and be able to just relax in the sun w/my friends and NOT STICK OUTso much! It sucks! Can you tan michael? What three posts?
whitesnow whitesnow 8 years
I tan with spray on stuff.... but that smellz sooooooo nasti!!! I hate the way it peelz off so uneven too... all patchy.
michaeluvnikita michaeluvnikita 8 years
whitesnow you should wear sunblock all the time if you burn so easily.
michaeluvnikita michaeluvnikita 8 years
that's funny you guys removed the last 3 comments.
whitesnow whitesnow 8 years
wow, that's way crazy!!!! 0_0 I wundr though 4 some1 like me who cannot tan at all - ZERO tan, would it work? I can nevr go out in sun at all because I jus burn (hurts so bad). It'z serisly a bummer when I wanna hang w/my friendz.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Why does anyone want to get a tan anyway. You're fine no matter what color you are
emalove emalove 8 years
So crazy...
michaeluvnikita michaeluvnikita 8 years
This is hilarious. I thought being darker than a paper bag or being the shade of a paper bag was still not good enough? Now people are injecting drugs into their system so they can have the color they kill so many and torture so many over? How Ironic. These people need to figure out what they want. Do they want to be pale or brown.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
OMG thats horrible and sickening!!!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
"I think its so funny that people are willing to kill themselves to have my skin tone, yet it's the same skin tone that brings about discrimination and makes Obama such a novelty in the US. Hmmm just contradictions in our society are perplexing." It is really strange. I think natural coloring (when it comes to all coloring) is always best and always what looks best but I know some people don't feel comfortable being pale. I'm fine with my pale skin though and I'm not surprised people are willing to endanger themselves. People are already doing that by tanning in the sun and with frequent tanning bed usage.
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
This is so messed up!
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
I think its so funny that people are willing to kill themselves to have my skin tone, yet it's the same skin tone that brings about discrimination and makes Obama such a novelty in the US. Hmmm just contradictions in our society are perplexing.
createMH createMH 8 years
Forget the injections! I use Imedeen Tan Optimizer and it works well for me.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
I'm all for a natural bronze glow, being pasty just does not suit me very well, but I would NEVER inject myself with some drug that doesn't have many tests on it, plus, who knows what the long term side effects may be? I'm sure cancer is one of them among many other things.
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