7 Little Known Benefits of Having Melanin Rich Skin

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Superior Protection Against The Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation

Exposure to the sun has the potential to cause premature aging of the skin, as well as various skin cancers.  Your ability to withstand the potentially damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation depends on the amount of melanin in your skin, which is determined by the number of melanocytes that are active beneath the surface of your skin. Melanin is an effective absorber of light; the pigment is able to dissipate more than 99.9% of absorbed UV radiation.  In even the most light-skinned people, the body’s melanocytes respond to sun exposure by producing more melanin, which creates the effect known as tanning. However, there is a limit to the degree of protection that melanin can provide, and it’s significantly higher in people with naturally darker skin.

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Neutralizes Harmful Effects of Other Dangerous Radiation Other Than Ultraviolet

Melanin can absorb a great amount of energy and yet not produce a tremendous amount of heat when it absorbs this energy, because it can transform harmful energy into useful energy. According to dermatologist and dermapathologist Dr. Leon Edelstein, director of the National American West Skin Pathology Consultation Service, melanin can absorb tremendous quantities of energy of all kinds, including energy from sunlight, x-ray machines, and energy that is formed within cells during the metabolism of cells. His theory is that melanin has the ability to neutralize the potentially harmful effects of these energies.

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