New ‘real sun tan' drug that gives you golden glow could reduce cancer riskScientists in the US have found a new drug that can create real skin tan which in turn reduces the risk of cancer. Along with reducing the risk of cancer, it could also give a golden glow to your skin. The drug helps in producing the brown form of pigment melanin to fight against the harmful UV rays that damage the skin cells. Melanin also helps in reducing the risk of cancer called as melanoma and slows down the appearance of aging. This protective melanin means the tan is ‘real’ rather than the fake tan that seems like a paint on the skin.

One of the researchers, Dr. David Fisher said, “Our goal is a novel strategy for protecting skin from UV radiation and cancer. The dark pigment is related to a lower risk of all forms of skin cancer that would be really huge and dangerous. 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.”

UV light damages the skin by tanning it. This new drug when rubbed against your skin skips the damaging and restarts the process of making melanin.  The drug was first tested on skin samples and mice where the experiment went successfully. While the test was conducted, application of the drug on ginger mice saw them turn jet black within two days, before fading a week later. Later, it confirmed that melanin produced by the drug was able to block harmful UV rays.

The team of scientists is now thinking of combining the drug with the sun cream to provide maximum protection against the sun. The drawback of sun cream is that it provides protection but it does so by eventually blocking the sun’s rays. Hence, the skin remains pale and doesn’t produce melanin.

A researcher from the British Association of Dermatologists, Matthew Gass said, “Still more research has to be done before we see this sort of technology being used on humans, however, it’s certainly an interesting proposition.”

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