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Melanin

  • Alternative Names
    • Skin pigment

  • Information
    • Melanin is a natural substance that gives color (pigment) to:

      • Hair
      • Skin
      • The iris of the eye

      It is produced by cells in the skin called melanocytes.

      Melanin also helps protect the skin from the sun.

  • References
    • Habif TP, ed. Principles of diagnosis and anatomy. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby; 2009:chap 1.