This one pigment is responsible for the color of your skin. Whether your skin is light as porcelain or dark as chocolate, you owe it all to melanin.
Melanin: The Skin Color Defining Pigment
Skin can be all kinds of different shades naturally. Exposure to UV rays can also make the color of your skin vary and it’s all thanks to a pigment that is produced in the epidermis, called melanin.
Melanin is a pigment produced by melanocyte cells in our skin. It is also responsible for the color of our eyes and hair. The more melanin you have, the darker your skin will be. Even freckles indicate there is a higher concentration of this pigment in certain areas of your face or body, in general.
More Than Meets the Eye
Beyond being responsible for our skin tone, melanin has another very important job: it keeps skin safe from UV rays that could potentially be harmful. Those who have darker skin, have higher amounts of melanin and are less likely to burn, however, this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t protect their skin.
Ever wondered exactly why or how is it that your skin gets tanned? Being exposed to UV rays increases the amount of melanin in your skin, resulting in darker skin. But it’s really not all that simple. When exposed to ultraviolet rays, the melanocytes in your epidermis react as they feel threatened, stimulating melanin production, which is there to protect the skin from the sun. However, when skin is overly exposed to this harmful UV rays, the body’s natural line of defense falls short.
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