MSH – Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormones

What is MSH? msh

MSH: Also known as: a-MSH,  a-melanocyte stimulating hormone, alpha-melanotropin and alpha-melanocortin

Melanocyte-stimulating hormone is a group of peptide hormones produced by the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus and in the skin cells.

The Role of MSH
  • Tanning and Pigmentation – Skin, hair and eyes
    Specialised skin cells called melanocytes produce a pigment referred to as melanin.
  • Protecting Skin from UV damage.
    Melanin protects cells from DNA Damage or Melanoma
  • Anti- inflammatory
    MSH influences the release of hormone aldosterone which controls salt and water balance in the body

Tanning Injections – Increasing your ability to produce melanin.

So that you can say you have done your homework regarding tanning injections and their mechanism of action, we have provided the following information.

UV Radiation vs Sun Exposure

UV radiation is a higher risk for people of fair complexions. The reason for this is that genetically, the fair skinned human being has less melanin production than those with an olive complexion.

What is Melanin?Melanin is the pigment produced that protects the skin from UV radiation and its damage. Its our protective layer. The lack of a tan to protect the body from skin cancer is caused by low levels of melanin. A fair skinned human being has to take great risks to develop a healthy tan, or invest a lot of time to do so safely. This is something our time poor society doesn’t have to invest. The amount of melanin in ones skin also determines vitamin D production and capabilities. It is clear that vitamin D deficiency is also attributed to skin cancer.  So how does someone get a safe tan,  when tanning beds have been banned throughout Australia and you do not have the leisure time to sunbath regularly?

Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone> Peptide for Tanning obtainable at Peptide Clinics Australia

The Suns Ultraviolet Rays

Ultraviolet A

  • long-wave rays
  • least destructive
  • creates short lived superficial tan
  • doesn’t cause melanocytes to release more melanin
  • darkens existing melanin only
  • UVA does single strand breakage

Ultraviolet B

  • shortwave rays
  • Type B rays
  • More DNA damage
  • melanocytes release more melanin to protect the body
  • body darkens faster when exposed to UVA beams
  • UVB does double strand breakage and causes non functional bonds


  • blocked by the ozone
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