Some people lie out in the sun in an attempt to get a tan. Others use tanning beds to get the same effect.
Now, a so-called “Barbie drug” named “Melanotan 2” is gaining popularity.
Only sold via the internet, the drug comes in powder form. Customers mix it with sterile water and inject it with a syringe.
Tampa dermatologist Seth Forman is sounding the alarm on such products.
“If you’re dying to get tan, this tan may actually make you die,” he said.
“You’re doing something that is altering the pigment of your skin artificially. In addition, these are the cells that could potentially cause melanoma,” he added.
Melanoma, meaning skin cancer.