New drug offers skin tan without Sun’s damaging UV radiation

New drug offers skin tan without Sun’s damaging UV radiation

A team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital claimed to have developed a drug that mimics sunlight to make the skin tan without the sun’s highly damaging UV radiation involved.

The newly developed drug tricks the skin into creating the brown form of the melanin pigment in repeated tests conducted on skin samples and mice. It is being expected that it will work also on redheads, who usually just burn in the sun.

The researchers are hopeful that their discovery could help in preventing skin cancer by blocking harmful UV rays and also slowing the manifestation of ageing.

Dr. David Fisher, a researcher involved in the tests, said, “It has a potent darkening effect. Under the microscope it’s the real melanin, it really is activating the production of pigment in a UV-independent fashion.”

It is a noticeably an innovative approach to fake tan that "paints" the skin without the protection from melanin, and sun beds that expose the skin to UV rays.

The discovery of the new drug was reported and detailed in the most recent edition of the journal Cell Reports.

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