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Warning over fake tan injections

A warning against injecting Melanotan fake tan products bought on the internet has been issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Melanin is a natural substance that gives the skin its colour and is also produced to offer protection against the sun.

Melanotan I and II must be reconstituted with bacteriostatic water, a prescription-only medicine, before it can be self-injected into the skin.

It is being sold illegally on the internet and in some tanning salons and body-building gyms. But it has not been tested for safety, quality or effectiveness, and its side-effects are unknown.

David Carter, head of the MHRA's medicines borderline section, said the agency had contacted 18 different companies so far about advertising Melanotan.

He said: "We are warning people not to use this product. Don't be fooled into thinking that Melanotan offers a shortcut to a safer and more even tan.

"The safety of these products is unknown and they are unlicensed in the UK. The side-effects could be extremely serious.

"If you have used either of these products, do not use them again and if you have any concerns you should seek advice from your doctor."

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""I use these injections, they work very well on me. I think the people they don't work on must have been ripped off." - Tilly, NSW

"I have been using it for two months, it has not made one bit off difference, apart from in your mind when you wake up on a morning and think, well maybe I am a little bit browner; but  guess what, I am not. I told myself to start with that it cannot be as bad as giong to the sunbeds, but at least you know the
risks. I am going to finish my last injections because I paid for them, but when you think about it, I paid nearly £200 and it did not work, so I may as well have had a spray tan with no danger." -  Michelle, Leeds