This is a prescription drug which bodybuilders often use to enhance
tanning. A deep dark tan is a precious commodity to a bodybuilder.
It will make muscles look bigger and harder while giving the illusion
of less body fat. Trisoralen is used for the treatment of vitiligo,
which is a condition where skin pigmentation fades. This is usually
what the drug is prescribed for, but doctors do prescribe it to
especially pale patients who might be headed for a tropical vacation.
The drug increases tolerance to solar exposure and enhances pigmentation.
Trisoralen seems to act on melanin, which is what is responsible
for a person’s natural skin pigmentation. The drug works only
if it is taken prior to sun exposure. Recommended use of the drug
for accelerating tanning is outlined. The drug should not be taken
for more than 14 days at a total dosage of 28 tablets. This means
two tablets, 10 mg, taken two to four hours before measured periods
of exposure to sun or ultraviolet radiation everyday for 14 days
in a row. Trisoralen dosage should not be increased nor taken
for longer than 14 days. At least 4 weeks should be taken between
dosages. It does not prevent burning, it just promotes tanning.
No toxicity has been reported. Nearly all bodybuilders that have
used Trisoralen felt it worked to some degree. Fair skinned users
seemed to get the most out of the drug. It is rarely seen on the
market anymore, but many doctors will prescribe it.