New drug promises a perfect tan without cancer or burning
Researchers in Massachusetts have created a topical drug that can give you a perfect tan without needing to step foot in the sun. Even better, the drug would actually decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.
How is this even possible? Well, researchers found that using a small molecule called a SIK inhibitor could stimulate melanin production which would allow your skin to darken naturally.
Darker pigmented skin contains higher levels of melanin which is resistant to Melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer.
Higher levels of Melanin is also more resistant to harmful UV-rays which means you’re far less likely to get sunburned.
So instead of suffering from awkward orange can-tans or red, blotchy sunburned skin, this drug would simply do it’s thing and your skin would turn a beautiful golden bronze.
While this all sounds amazing, don’t throw out all of your sunscreen just yet. In an interview with Glamour magazine, dermatologist Joshua Zeichner says, “This medication will likely not take the place of traditional sunscreen and sun protective behavior, but it may be helpful in some of our most at-risk patients.”
More testing needs to be done before the drugs will be available on the market, says one of the study’s authors David Fisher.
Looks like sunscreen is here to stay.