Melanotan makes you slim, tanned and sexier- but there are downsides to becoming a Barbie doll

Posted by admin on May 18, 2009 in beauty, news |


Barbie has never been considered the best role model for little girsl. Maybe it’s her uber perfect body, her unbelievable proportions or her vaguely anti feminist ethos, but anyone who buys a Barbie for their child tends to feel slightly guilty. But there’s no denying she’s popular- with little girls and adults alike. When you grow up wanting to ape her proportions and then discover she’s set you on a path to unrealistic achievements you tend to resent her, but some women take the next step to emulating her, and it can be a dangerous one.

I’m talking about the latest drug on the market that promises you Barbie like assets with minimum effort- Melanotan.

This is a drug that you need to INJECT daily into your abdomen, and involves a variety of needles, sterilizing wipes and saline solution. Eww. So why would this be tempting? Well the effects of the drug are REDUCED APPETITE, INCREASED LIBIDO and TANNING OF THE SKIN. Hmm. You begin to see the allure. Let me repeat though- DAILY INJECTIONS you administer yourself. Ok, let reality sink in now. But this dangerous drug is easily available online from numerous sources! Despite repeated warning from a variety off officials Melanotan continues to be readily available- and a simple Google search will bring up loads of companies clamouring to sell it to you- despite the fact that it’s illegal.

I can understand why there is such demand, after all the same hysteria surrounded the weigh loss drug Alli (new to the UK, but out in the USA for ages) despite the side effects that occur with such a treatment.

So what is Melanotan? Well the idea behind the drug is that it stimulates melanin production in the skin- the pigment that gives you that tanned look when you’ve had sun exposure. Through using the drug you’ll avoid the cancerous rays and get a ‘healthy’ glow, though you may risk looking like a tanorexic. The increased libido and weight loss are side effects which has caused the drug to be nicknamed the Barbie drug, and many people say how much this has changed their lives.

What they don’t mention on the sites selling it is the possibility of dizziness, heart tremors (read heart ATTACK) or palpitations.

We know that many women risk their health to look good, but this seems a step to far, fair enough if it were legal and regulated, but seeing as there are no bodies governing this,you could be injecting yourself with poison, and then there are side effects and issues with injecting incorrectly. To use the drug you need to mix it with Bacteriostatic water and then inject into the skin- making sure you’ve mixed it correctly, got the dose right and found the right spot to inject- something you’re probably not au fait with.

Read some scary ass FAQ’s here on a ‘reputable site’. Dont’cha love how the side effects are dismissed so easily??


Sure. As with any drug, there are some possible short-term side effects you should know about, including: nausea, appetite loss, facial flushing (only after the first injection) and increased libido. These may be noticeable during the first few days of treatment but should taper off after about a week. Also, it always helps to take your MT2 after a good-sized meal.’

barbie-injectVery conclusive wouldn’t you say? Even the Daily Mail decries it- for once on the right end of the stick! I understand the pressure that exists to look a certain way, but whilst diet and exercise are one thing, injections take obsessions a to a whole new unhealthy level and should be seriously discouraged- and government bodies need to act to stamp out the sellers of this drug.

But perhaps we ourselves are to blame- for every guilty purchase we make of a Barbie doll we set up a future generation of women with irreconcilable body issues and unrealistic expectations, and as long as we idolise the 22,32,22 proportions we”ll continue to strive towards an unobtainable figure, with possibly deadly results.


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May 19, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Thanks for this. I’ve been looking into this drug, though I know it’s bad for you, but didn’t realize quite how regularly you had to inject- or that the sites aren’t legally allowed to sell you the stuff.

Cheers for an informative article.

karen brown
Jul 27, 2009 at 11:51 am

Now i maintain melanotan i have heavy flu symptoms and achie legs blocked nose and feel sick.
When i use the sun bed i now itch so much for days after. But it works, tried to get answers from the people who sell it i get no reply. Dont want to stop.

Dec 22, 2009 at 8:57 am

Three in one? Well, many are justifying and proven that melanotan can not only giving you a perfect tan color but it has bonus effect that can give you a sexier body and…adding some excitement in your private life(sex life)… What a powerful drug!… I’m sure after using melanotan you will became and achieves alike body of Barbie doll, but don’t expect to be perfect that much cause you might experience health breakdown…

Homone Growth Hormones
Dec 22, 2009 at 10:21 am

All drugs have their side effects. Either long or short term, good or bad. Just be more intelligent enough in using products like this. Yes it has good effects in the body but be more intelligent enough in using.

melanotan 2
May 26, 2010 at 3:23 am

Some says it is dangerous to use melanotan others says it is ok. The bottom line is who among are them telling the truth.? I would suggest that try it for yourself and see for the result. by the way a three in one product is really amazing.

melanotan-1 Scenesse
May 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Zara Rabinowicz,

Might it be time to update this entry?

melanotan-1 (afamelanotan / Scenesse) has been approved in Italy to treat EPP:

Here is the news about this.


Jun 2, 2010 at 3:58 am

thank you for this article, but i think that there’s nothing wrong with melanotan, it has been approved to use by the FDA

Aug 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm

I believe the author has a misconception in regards to injections. Very understandable however. Enjoyed the read, thank you.

Sep 29, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I have been using Melanotan since April with amazing results, I have gone from a type 1 skin to type 3. Luckily I did not get any of the horrible sides some have reported although I don’t know of the long term effects.
Its definatly changed my life- confidence wise and so good being in Spain in the August sun and not burning. I plan to stop injecting now until next April…

melanotan forum
Jan 14, 2011 at 9:51 am

very nice explanation of what melanotan is..
melanotan is a very good product, but always remember that this have side effects that can harm us. just be careful on using it.
by the way, thank you for posting such interesting article.

Asha Tanna
Oct 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm


Interested in interviewing anyone in the UK who uses Melanotan. How long have you been using is, are you concerned about side effects etc potentially for a piece on Channel 4 News.
Please get in touch via email

Oct 6, 2012 at 2:36 am

Hi Asha

Hope you are well. I’m not a Melanotan user, but have had friends use it, and could provide you with a comment if needed.


Mar 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm

I have used melanotan before this is a peptide along with countless others are not illegal and if that were the case we should also ask the government to step in and remove most products from the shelves of gnc vitamin shop ect. Those product are unregulated by the fda hardly tested or researched and far more dangerous than peptides, people somehow feel better about themselves because they can buy it off the shelves use all kinds of stuff they dont even know the ingredients (which by the way some of those companies have been busted many times for sneaking illeagel products in including steroids)then stand in judgement of others but as long as you pretend to not know I guess its ok.



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