Melanotan I works at creating more melanin in the skin. Melanin deposits act as a natural sunblock at the cellular level. Melanotan tanning injections may offer a way to bring upon a safe, cosmetic tan with less damage. Melanotan I is related to Melanotan II but is a shorter amino acid sequence. Melanotan I has a shorter half life of Melanotan II. Typically people need to dose Melanotan I twice daily.
- Prevents skin from burning in UV light
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