An alarming new tanning trend is emerging on social networks like TikTok that encourages youth to snort illegal daily nasal sprays to quickly darken their skin.
Normally, nasal tanners contain a compound called melanotan, which when inhaled increases pigment production in skin cells, causing the skin to darken., Possible side effects include vomiting, dizziness and increased blood pressure.
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Exposure to sunlight naturally increases the production of melanin in the skin, which causes the skin to darken. However, some people are using tan enhancing balms, oils and lotions to speed up the process.
‘Nasal spray is unregulated and contains a drug that is banned but widely available for purchase from online black market sellers.’
The sun has many benefits, including generating vitamin D and lowering blood pressure, but too much can wreak havoc on your skin.
The sun’s UV rays can damage your DNA over time, and when it is damaged, it can cause cells to grow out of control, which can lead to cancer.
Using tan-enhancing products in the sun attracts more UV rays, and helps the skin absorb these more quickly, which means damage can happen more quickly.,
Some of the products being shown on social media platforms also contain toxic ingredients which are harmful for your skin. When buying a new product it is always advisable to check the ingredients and always do a patch test.
Despite being illegal in the UK, tanning injections are commonly used. On top of the risks associated with anything that stimulates melanin production in the skin, these injections are unregulated.
There is an additional risk of infection and sepsis when injected from unregulated websites without adequate training. The nasal spray results in rapid absorption of high doses of the compound. These products are not safe.
When thinking about tanning, remember that it increases the risk of skin cancer, premature aging and pigmentation. Never use them. they are dangerous.