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I’m addicted to sniffing 30lb TikTok tanner even though it’s dangerous

We all know by now that there is no such thing as a healthy glow.

Tanning, whether from natural sunlight or on a tanning bed, accelerates visible signs of aging and can also cause skin cancer.

College student Erin Rider used a 32-pound nose tanner

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College student Erin Rider used a 32-pound nose tanner
She said her skin broke out in painful spots that left permanent scars

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She said her skin broke out in painful spots that left permanent scars

Despite this, millions of us still desperately crave a tan. Every fourth woman thinks that a holiday has not been successful when she returns home without a holiday.

Today, younger generations are so concerned about getting a tan that they inhale tanning solutions that are said to speed up the process.

painful spots

The consequences of incorrect use range from nosebleeds to acne and hair loss to headaches and dizziness.

Some experts say the products — which often contain unlicensed melanotan-2 — could increase the risk of skin cancer in high doses.

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Student Erin Rider used a 32-pound nasal tanner and said her skin broke out in painful spots that left permanent scars.

The 20-year-old from Bedfordshire says: “When I started nose tanners weren’t very common, it was a risk. But I had seen a few women on TikTok raving about them. So I decided to give it a try last April.

“They were super easy to get. I saw them on TikTok, then googled “nose tanners” and found they were sold online.

“After placing my order I received an email from the Totally Tanned MT brand saying it was ‘not for human consumption’ which made me very skeptical.

“My friends said I was crazy but I had seen other women get an amazing tan from it with little to no side effects so I took it anyway. After the first few uses, my tan was incredible.”

Like many young women, Erin used sunbeds.

Shockingly, an estimated 62,000 children in England also use them.

A survey by the British Skin Foundation found that 77 per cent of dermatologists think tanning beds should be banned here.

In fact, a study published this week by the University of Manchester suggests that a ban on commercial tanning beds would prevent THOUSANDS of cancer deaths, finding that tanning bed use increases the risk of developing skin cancer by up to 60 percent.

However, Erin says, “I only used tanning beds to enhance my tan. I don’t like being in the sun as I get hot and nauseous, so I prefer to go to a tanning bed to get a tan.

“But I started noticing painful spots on my face. I’ve never had pimples. I thought maybe it was hormonal. I got the spots for months and it really affected my confidence.

“The spots turned out to be cystic acne. I never associated the stains with the nasal sprays, but when I put two and two together and googled possible side effects, I stopped taking them immediately.

“The acne eventually turned into pigmentation and my forehead was patchy with visible white patches.

“I would never leave the house without heavy makeup on. I didn’t want to see people because my skin was so awful. Five months later it has ruined my skin forever. The scarring is permanent.

The spots turned out to be cystic acne. I never associated the stains with the nasal sprays, but when I put two and two together and googled possible side effects, I stopped taking them immediately.

Erin Rider

“I went to a skin specialist and was told the scars would only go away with a laser treatment which can cost up to £400.”

In the UK it is illegal to sell nasal sprays or injections containing Melanotan-2.

Melanotan, also known as the Barbie drug, is a man-made hormone designed to simulate the release of the pigment melanin by the skin.

The Drugs and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has warned against the use of certain tanning sprays because they are unlicensed.

But the nasal sprays, which cost between £20 and £35, are a hit with younger people and have become a social media phenomenon.

TikTok and Instagram claim that selling the drug on their platforms is banned and promotional content is being removed.

But dozens of influencers have posted about it, while Geordie Shore stars Charlotte Crosby and Bethan Kershaw have told their followers about using Real Tan products – a brand that sells nasal sprays.

A rep for Charlotte, who has 7.6million followers, said: “Charlotte has never used or promoted nose tanners.

The only Real Tan product Charlotte has ever used was a tanning gel that she was given as a gift.

“Charlotte would never knowingly endorse a company that illegally sells unlicensed products.”

Experts warn of scary side effects. Bruce Green, founder of the SOS Serum skincare line, notes, “Many tanning nasal sprays carry phrases like ‘Our product is for research use only and we are not promoting it for personal use.'”

He says the spray can disrupt melanin balance, adding, “It appears that the nasal spray could also trigger vitiligo, a pigmentation problem that’s not well understood.”

I went to a skin specialist and was told the scarring would only go away with a laser treatment which can cost up to £400.

Erin Rider

Health care worker Lauren Primrose was unaware of the dangers. The 26-year-old from Glasgow says: “I’ve seen influencers post pictures of tanning nasal sprays. I have used sunbeds before.

“I bought the sprays from Instagram pages after seeing friends share them. I paid £25 for one but you can get two for £40.

“The brand tells you to go on a tanning bed as soon as you’ve used it. After just a few rides, I noticed a difference. I had this incredible glow.

“But then came the side effects. My nose burned when I sniffed it and felt nauseous immediately afterwards. I was often sick.

“The more you use it, the funnier your tan will be with light and dark spots. I wasn’t happy so I quit after a few weeks.”

Google searches for “side effects of tanning nasal sprays” and “how to use tanning nasal sprays” have skyrocketed recently.

And although many TikTok videos promoting products have been removed, they have garnered many millions of views.

dermatologist dr Emma Wedgeworth of the British Skin Foundation says: “Reports have linked use of these sprays to changing moles, skin cancer and even kidney damage.

“They are not licensed and have not been extensively tested or subject to the rigorous clinical standards that drugs normally have.

“We don’t yet fully understand how harmful these sprays could be and how they can affect our health.”

dr Sophie Shotter of the Illuminate Skin Clinic warns: “Just because it goes up the nose and isn’t injected (like injectable tanning) doesn’t mean it’s safer.

“The nasal mucosa is very thin and medicines are absorbed very well. Melanotan has some pretty nasty side effects, including possible sexual dysfunction.”

Reports have linked use of these sprays to changing moles, skin cancer, and even kidney damage.

dermatologist dr Emma Wedgeworth from the British Skin Foundation

NHS worker Jade Glackin, 22, believes her dizziness was caused by nose tanners.

She says: “I started using them in lockdown 2020. I got really bad pigmentation at first, but I stopped for a while and it went away.

“I think the dizziness is because of how long I’ve been doing them – off and on for a couple of years. But I don’t get sick anymore.

“I think my body is used to it now. I’ve read negative stuff but I enjoy using it. Sometimes I worry a bit, but I’m like, ‘I’ve used them before’.”

Matthew Gass, from the British Association of Dermatologists, says: “We are urging the public to avoid unlicensed tanning products, including injections and nasal sprays. If you want a tan, the best way is to use a fake tanning product.”

A spokesman for Totally Tanned said: “We do not endorse the use of these items. Buyers must agree to the full terms and conditions on the website before making a purchase. Once a buyer has made a purchase, what they do with the item is beyond our control.”

TikTok and Instagram said they would not allow the sale or promotion of these or unlicensed products and would remove such content.

A spokesman for Instagram (part of the Meta company) said: “We do not allow the sale or promotion of these products on Instagram and we will remove this content if we find it. We work closely with regulators and law enforcement agencies and dedicate significant resources to prevent unsafe or illegal items from being sold through our platforms.”

A TikTok spokesman said: “We care deeply about the health and well-being of our community. We don’t allow the promotion of controlled substances, including unlicensed drugs like Melanotan, and are removing content that encourages their use.”

A spokesperson for Charlotte Crosby said: “Charlotte has never used or advertised nose tanners, the only Real Tan product Charlotte has ever used was a tanning gel which was given to her as a gift. Charlotte / We would never knowingly endorse a company that illegally sells unlicensed products suggesting otherwise is untrue, highly defamatory, malicious and criminal.”

NHS worker Jade Glackin, 22, believes her dizziness was caused by nose tanners

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NHS worker Jade Glackin, 22, believes her dizziness was caused by nose tanners
Health care worker Lauren Primrose wasn't aware of the dangers of nasal tanners when she first started using them

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Health care worker Lauren Primrose wasn’t aware of the dangers of nasal tanners when she first started using them
In the UK it is illegal to sell nasal sprays or injections containing Melanotan-2

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In the UK it is illegal to sell nasal sprays or injections containing Melanotan-2

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