Posted: Jun 20, 2012 12:51 PM by Alyse Rzemek
Updated: Jun 20, 2012 1:09 PM
You can call it a killer tan, but Dermatologist say there is an underground drug said to enhance skin color, shed pounds, and even boost your libido.
Health officials say it's illegal and very dangerous!
The product is called Melanotan II and it's only sold online. Supposedly the injectable tan, that a person can administer on their own, creates a tan that would last for months and increase your sex drive.
However, there's just one problem... Dematologist, Dr. Lisa Benest says, "It's not regulated. It's not FDA approved and the studies aren't long term enough."
The risk is high because the Melanotan is not regulated and if you're purchasing it on the internet, you really don't know what you're getting.
Melanotan is a synthetic hormone that mimics a hormone in our bodies which produces a tan. when injected, Melanotan stimulates our pigment cells. Dr. Benest said, "If we are stimulating the same cells that turn cancerous in melanoma, I think the risk is very real."
Online research shows a vial can be purchased for $42, and the claims that it will make you thin, tan and increase your libido, but Dr. Benest says you're taking a big risk.