Rhyce Power has raised eyebrows by promoting an illegal tanning drug called Melanotan on Instagram.
The Queensland-based influencer, who is the brother of Married At First Sight‘s Jessika Power, advertised the controversial drug via Instagram Stories on Tuesday.
‘Over 150 Melanotan vials getting sent off today,’ wrote the 29-year-old OnlyFans star, adding: ‘I have only 50 left that won’t last the day in box.’
: Married At First Sight’s Rhyce Power, 29, has raised eyebrows by promoting an illegal tanning drug called Melanotan on Instagram
The post was accompanied by a photo of a table covered in small medical vials, as well as a piece of paper containing a list of names and numbers.
Queensland-based Rhyce has since denied he took the photo, the image also shows a leg with a red tattoo identical to an inking he has on his own leg.
Melanotan – also known as the ‘Barbie drug’ – is a synthetic tanning drug that, when injected, increases the production of melanin in the body, causing the pigments in a person’s skin to darken.
‘Over 150 Melanotan vials getting sent off today’:
Importing, exporting, manufacturing or supplying Melanotan without prescription is illegal in Australia, and those who break the rules could face heavy fines and criminal prosecution.
When approached for comment, Rhyce denied that he personally sells, imports or posts the vials out to customers.
Instead, he described himself as a ‘middle man’ promoting products for an unnamed company located in the USA.
Coincidence? Queensland-based Rhyce has since denied he took the photo, the image also shows a leg with a red tattoo (left) identical to an inking he has on his own leg. Pictured right: An Instagram video uploaded by Rhyce showing his leg as he exercised on Tuesday morning
‘Anyone who enquires from the post I’ve put up has to have a prescription to purchase and simply purchases from the company and they take the sales over from there I guess,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
The heavily-tattooed influencer likened his arrangement with the USA-based company to ‘promoting Chemist Warehouse’, and insisted he doesn’t have ‘anything to do with logistics, import or sales’.
Rhyce also claimed that he didn’t take the photo, and isn’t in possession of the vials pictured on the table – despite having the same tattoo as the person in the photo.
‘Middle man’: When approached for comment, Rhyce denied that he personally sells, imports or posts the vials out to customers, and instead described himself as a ‘middle man’ promoting products for an unnamed company located in the USA
Deal: Rhyce also said that he doesn’t get paid to spruik Melanotan, and instead receives payment in the form of ‘skin care products such as cleansers and moisturisers’
‘I did not take the photo,’ he alleged.
‘If there is a leg in the photo I’d assume it’s the leg of the person who took the photo and I’d assume it would be of a person in the US, as that’s where the company is based and the products/vials are,’ he said.
Rhyce also said that he doesn’t get paid to spruik Melanotan, and instead receives payment in the form of ‘skin care products such as cleansers and moisturisers’.
Rise to fame: Rhyce found fame as ‘Jessika Power’s (left) hot brother’ after his brief appearance on Married At First Sight in 2019
Many health experts have warned against use of Melanotan as it can have serious side effects include vomiting, loss of appetite, flushing of the face, involuntary stretching and yawning, and spontaneous erections.
Speaking to the Herald Sun, Australasian Society of Cosmetic Dermatologists president Associate Professor Dr Greg Goodman warned that the biggest risk Melanotan poses ‘is that it’s harder to detect melanoma.’
‘It’s completely bizarre that someone would inject themselves with a drug they have bought on the internet that will stay in your system for at least six weeks,’ he added.
‘Please don’t touch them’: Last year, Married At First Sight bride Natasha Spencer (pictured) spoke out against Melanotan, urging fans to consider the health consequences and possible side effects.
Married At First Sight’s Natasha Spencer spoke out against Melanotan last year, urging fans to consider the health consequences and possible side effects.
‘I did Melanotan injections… I didn’t know the side effects and I wish I did,’ Natasha told 9Now.
‘I cannot tell you how bad they are. Please don’t touch them, please don’t use them. They are illegal, and it was something that I should never have done,’ she lamented.
The Instagram model went on to explain: ‘Basically, it increases your natural sensibility to the sun, it’s not good. I now currently have a patch of completely dead skin from where I used to inject it.’
Regret: ‘I did Melanotan injections… I didn’t know the side effects and I wish I did,’ Natasha lamented
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