Melanotan 1 vs Melanotan 2


Melanotan is a drug mainly used to treat certain skin conditions. People might wonder whether Melanotan is Scenesse.

The answer to this is yes it is. It has been approved in Australia and the United States as a treatment for EPP.

It has been noticed that Melanotan can help a person tolerate more light on their skin thus better comfort and quality of life.

There are three types of Melanotan available:

Is Scenesse Melanotan 2?

No. Scenesse is not Melanotan 2.

When it comes to Melanotan 2, people have different opinions or rather they have been made to believe that you cannot use MT-2 as a substitute for Scenesse.

I would think you likely could, given they do a very similar thing, just not proved to be as safe. Yet this doesn’t stop Doctors in Australia prescribing Melanotan 2.

So if some doctors are willing to prescribe it to some Gym Bro, to ‘feel better about their body’ makes you wonder why it isn’t prescribed to some poor unit sitting in a dark room waiting for the day a drug becomes available to better their quality of life…

Perhaps doctors are prescribing it as an added UV protection, much like sunscreen pills, or a suncream.

What is Melanotan-1

Melanotan 1 and Scenesse are just names given to the drug since the real composition of the drug is Afamelanotide.

When it comes to Melanotan 1, you have to have the drug implanted into your skin in the form of Scenesse. This is FDA,TGA approved, and in many places around the world.

What is Melanotan 2?

One may be confused by Melanotan 2 which is a stand-alone drug not connected to the other two approved drugs in any way.

Side Effects of Melanotan 2

In some people other than causing sexual arousal, and darkening of the skin, there have been reported cases of some people getting Anhedonia which is a form of depression.

What is Melanotan 3?

On the other hand, there is also another drug called bremelanotide which is a different drug that also goes by the name PT 141. Melanotan 2 and Bremelanotide are a very similar thing.

Bremelanotide which is nowadays sold under the name Vylessi is often described as Melanotan 2 without the Tanning effects. This is used to solely enhance sexual drive in ladies.

Administration of the Melanotan drugs

You can take Melanotan in a few different ways:

  • Sniff the christ out of them, up your nose
  • Have a doctor fiddle around and put an implant in ya, hangin’ out of ya
  • put it into a needle and give yourself a jab

Approval of Melanotan 1 and Melanotan 2

Melanotan 1 is the approved drug for certain skin conditions, unlike Melanotan 2 which is not approved for anything anywhere (well that’s debatable). MT-1 is approved and sold as Scenesse.

Ruling on the drugs in Australia

My understanding of the Melanotan drugs in Australia:

Referencing the Scenesse website, It is to be noted that Scenesse and Melanotan 1 are the same things. Melanotan 1 is only available as Scenesse. You can get this in Australia.

Melanotan 2, it was put under the Schedule 4 category meaning that it cannot be bought over the counter. It can be bought only if your doctor prescribes it for you. You can only get Melanotan 2 from Compounding Pharmacies (In Australia), with a script from your doctor, best of luck getting that.

Melanotan 3 – I doubt you can get this as it is patented as Vyleesi, so I’d assume that is probably on the cards for Australia.

Exploring Melanotan: A Deep Dive into Tanning Peptides and Skin Sensitivity


When it comes to achieving that coveted sun-kissed glow, some people are willing to go to great lengths. From sunbathing to tanning beds, the quest for a bronzed complexion has driven the beauty industry for decades. But what if I told you there’s a different way to achieve a tan, one that doesn’t require exposure to harmful UV rays or countless hours under artificial sunlamps? That’s where melanotan comes into play, a fascinating but often misunderstood class of peptides. In this article, we’ll embark on a journey to explore the world of melanotan, examining its different forms, potential benefits, and the myths that surround it.

The Basics of Melanotan

First, let’s get down to the basics. What exactly is melanotan? At its core, melanotan is a synthetic peptide designed to stimulate the production of melanin in the body. Melanin is the pigment responsible for the color of our skin, hair, and eyes. It’s the body’s natural defense mechanism against the harmful effects of UV radiation from the sun.

Melanotan 1 vs. Melanotan 2

Now that we understand the concept of melanotan, it’s time to delve into its two primary variants: melanotan 1 and melanotan 2.

Melanotan 1 – A Slower Path to Tanning

Melanotan 1, often referred to as “MT-1,” is known for providing a gradual and steady tan. If you’re looking for a slow and natural-looking tan, this may be the right choice for you. It works by binding to melanocortin receptors, primarily melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), which is responsible for regulating melanin production.

Melanotan 2 – A Quick Tan with Extra Effects

On the other hand, we have melanotan 2, or “MT-2,” which is the quicker, more aggressive sibling of MT-1. MT-2 works similarly by binding to melanocortin receptors, but it tends to provide a faster and darker tan. However, it’s not just about tanning; MT-2 is also known for its potential to increase libido and sexual arousal. It’s essential to note that individual responses may vary, and not everyone experiences these side effects.

Scenesse (Afamelanotide) – A Treatment for EPP

Beyond MT-1 and MT-2, there’s another player in the melanotan game: Scenesse, also known as afamelanotide. Unlike the other two, Scenesse is not primarily used for tanning but rather as a treatment for a rare genetic condition called EPP (erythropoietic protoporphyria). EPP is characterized by extreme sensitivity to sunlight, leading to severe skin reactions upon exposure.

Scenesse – A Lifeline for EPP Patients

Scenesse, also known by its trade name afamelanotide, is an FDA-approved treatment for EPP. This condition, which causes extreme sensitivity to sunlight, can lead to excruciating skin reactions. Afamelanotide works by increasing melanin levels in the skin, providing a protective shield against UV radiation. While it might not be a tanning solution for the general population, it offers a lifeline for those grappling with EPP.

The Confusion of Names and Nicknames

One of the most significant sources of confusion in the melanotan world is the plethora of names and nicknames associated with these substances.

Unraveling the Names

First, there’s the confusion surrounding the names. Melanotan 1 is sometimes referred to as “Scenesse,” which is actually the trade name for afamelanotide. This mix-up can lead to misunderstandings about the nature and purpose of these substances.

From MT-1 to Afamelanotide

Additionally, the journey from MT-1 to afamelanotide adds to the naming complexity. It’s worth noting that MT-1 was initially the trade name for what would later become known as afamelanotide. Changes in ownership and marketing led to different names, further confusing the matter.

Misinformation in the Public Domain

Sorting Fact from Fiction

The world of melanotan is rife with misinformation, which can be particularly problematic for individuals seeking solutions for skin sensitivity conditions like EPP.

The DIY Mentality

Many people turn to online communities and forums for information about melanotan. However, these sources can perpetuate misconceptions and inaccuracies, especially when it comes to self-administering these substances without medical supervision.

The Importance of Responsible Research

In this era of easy access to information, it’s crucial to stress the importance of responsible research. As the saying goes, “Knowledge is power.” When considering melanotan or related substances, individuals should consult medical professionals, conduct thorough research, and be cautious about potential side effects.

The Availability of Melanotan in Australia

Dispelling the Myth

Contrary to the belief held by some, melanotan appears to be accessible in Australia, provided it is obtained with a prescription from a qualified medical practitioner. This dispels the notion that it is entirely unavailable in the country.

Compound Pharmacies and Local Production

Some individuals in Australia have reported obtaining melanotan from compound pharmacies, further emphasizing the availability of these substances for those who meet specific medical criteria.

The Emotional Toll of Skin Sensitivity Conditions

A Personal Connection

The quest for a solution to skin sensitivity conditions is not merely about aesthetics; it often carries a deep emotional toll. Personal anecdotes shared in online communities underscore the desire for relief and improved quality of life.

The Desire to Participate in Everyday Activities

Skin sensitivity conditions like EPP can limit participation in everyday activities, such as swimming, that others often take for granted. This highlights the profound impact of these conditions on individuals and their families.


In the world of melanotan, where myths and facts intermingle, it’s essential to approach the subject with caution and responsibility. Whether you’re interested in achieving a tan, managing skin sensitivity conditions, or exploring potential side effects, a thorough understanding of the topic is crucial. Always remember that consulting medical professionals and conducting diligent research should be your guiding principles when considering melanotan or related substances. While these peptides may offer benefits to some, they come with complexities and potential risks that should not be taken lightly.


There is also another drug made by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma in Japan known as MT-7117 which achieves the same thing as Melatonin 1, but does it in a different manner, only that this is still in trial. But the world loves all this stuff now…

2 thoughts on “Melanotan 1 vs Melanotan 2”

  1. I wonder if your current photo sensitivity might be related to over doing UV exposure when doing MTII when you were young (i.e. getting very “ethnically dark”)?

    Btw, I’ve heard that MTI is more potent for tanning. But I’ve heard different things from different sources on that.

    1. I’ve also wondered that, as well as a million other things. I definitely doubt it’s this though. Surely others around the world would have reported the same thing. Plus I have to remind myself of the seizure thing that snapped me out of it everytime I go down a rabbit hole like this. I’m currently awaiting test results for mold toxicity.

      It does drive me crazy not having a clue what’s causing it, and knowing how to even treat it.

Leave a Reply

Scroll to Top