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Melanin (Overview)

This is the normal dark pigment of the body which gives it its color and sunprotection as well. Albinos may lack this pigment and have significant health consequences due to that. Some internal organs or color with melanin such as the choroid of the eye and the meninges of the brain. Melanin producing cells can cause a cancer termed melanoma.


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How can I increase melanin ?

Not really possible: Your ability to make melanin is genetically predetermined. You can't make more of something that you aren't naturally going to make. Not sure what you are hoping to accomplish but i hope that helps clarify a bit for you. ...Read more

Melanin (Overview)

This is the normal dark pigment of the body which gives it its color and sunprotection as well. Albinos may lack this pigment and have significant health consequences due to that. Some internal organs or color with melanin such as the choroid of the eye and the meninges of the brain. Melanin producing cells can cause a cancer termed melanoma.


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What are some sources of melanin?

What are some sources of melanin?

Melanocytes: There is only one source of melanin, melanocytes.
You may consult this site for more info:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0022691/
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How can I increase melanin production?

Melanin: Spend some time in the sun. sunlight is what gives pigmentation to skin, and color. Spending time in the sunlight will cause your body to increase the production of melanin since melanin is the body's defense against UV rays. increased pigmentation can be observed in individuals after only five to ten minutes of exposure to mid day sun. ...Read more

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How can I decrease melanin production?

Avoid sun exposure: Exposure to UV light is a trigger for melanin production. If you are naturally dark skinned, there may not be a healthy way to reduce the melanin production.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What foods increase melanin production?

None: The body will produce all the melanin it is programmed to produce from all but the most stringent diets. No food will enhance this as the body is very efficient at doing this. ...Read more

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How can you increase your melanin levels?

Where and why?: Melanin levels in the skin, depending on the genetic make of the person, can increase with sun exposure.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Which foods can decrease melanin from my body ?

DECREASING MELANIN: THERE ARE NO FOODS THAT WILL DECREASE MELANIN. SORRY. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: melanin?

What is the definition or description of: melanin?

Skin pigment: This is the normal dark pigment of the body which gives it its color and sunprotection as well. Albinos may lack this pigment and have significant health consequences due to that. Some internal organs or color with melanin such as the choroid of the eye and the meninges of the brain. Melanin producing cells can cause a cancer termed melanoma. ...Read more

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What foods can increase melanin production in the body?

None: The body will produce all the melanin it is programmed to produce from all but the most stringent diets. No food will enhance this as the body is very efficient at doing. ...Read more

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How to increase your melanin without exposure to the sun?

Not possible: Anyone telling you otherwise is scamming you. There are various spray-ons to create a fake suntan; this is your choice. Skin color has very little to do with whether one looks good / is attractive to others -- your level of physical fitness totally overrides this (you completely control this), as well as how you carry yourself and your interpersonal skills (can be learned / taught). Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to increase the secretion of melanin?

Tanning: Melanin is produced in response to ultraviolet light UVA and UVB. So tanning is one way to increase melanin pigmentation, but it can lead to skin cancer. Some hormonal imbalances can cause pigmentary changes. ...Read more

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What would happen if someone stopped producing as much melanin as normal?

What would happen if someone stopped producing as much melanin as normal?

Lighter color: Melanin is the basis for the normal color of the skin, the eye and some internal structures. Melanin production can be disturbed in portions of the skin producing a patchy lightening. It is altered as aging occurs and the hair turns grey. It is missing in albinos who have pale skin and pink eyes. Melanin is protective against uv light and is a cosmetic enhancement. ...Read more

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What is melanin in the epidermis?

What is melanin in the epidermis?

Freckle: Look up this site for more info:
http://www.freckles.org/causes/ ...Read more

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How can I reduce melanin in my skin?

Melanin reduction: Civant skin care has been in business for several years and their product meladerm is the most widely known skin lightener on the market. The formula has the strongest available concentrations of ingredients for over-the-counter use and is recommended by professionals worldwide. ...Read more

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How do you reduce melanin in our skin?

How do you reduce melanin in our skin?

Don't try: Apart from wearing a good sunscreen, please don't try to lighten your complexion. In the US, which sets the trends for the rest of the world, judging someone by their skin color, is regarded as the height of ignorance. Anyone trying to lighten their skin will be criticized harshly by their peers. Try skin bleaches and you are likely to disfigure yourself. Embrace your genetics and what Nature gave ...Read more

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Which operation can reduce the melanin?

None: That i know of. Melanin is a pigment produced in the skin. Some people have more and some less. There is no surgical procedure that can change this. ...Read more

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How to increase the melanin in body skin?

No Safe Way: Content is genetically determined. Increase in melanin is an injury reaction to sun (uv) exposure, or from tanning beds.Never advisable to do this as long term effects result in aging and skin cancer. Self tanning creams or sprays add color to the skin, and while not perfect, are safe. ...Read more

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How to reduce melanin from face naturally?

How to reduce melanin from face naturally?

Avoid the sun...: Melanin is produced in response to exposure to sunlight (or from tanning salon). Thus, the only way to reduce it naturally is to avoid exposure to sunlight (indoor household lights dont count). Topical bleaching cream (lustra--otc) may help, but will redarken on sun exposure. Laser treatments can be quite effective as well. Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I stop melanocyte producing melanin?

MELANOCYTES/MELANIN: YOU CANNOT THIS STOP THIS PROCESS
SORRY ...Read more

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Effects of high estrogen on body melanin level?

Effects of high estrogen on body melanin level?

Melanin: My understanding of the literature is that melanin may increase the color of your skin.

Estrogen should have nothing to do with it.

If I have missed your question please let me know. ...Read more

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How do you stop your skin from producing melanin?

How do you stop your skin from producing melanin?

Depends: On what you're treating.If you are having issues with darker patches of skin those are often due to overproduction of melanin in the epidermis layer of skin you can try a skin lightening topical cream to inhibit the major enzyme that helps produce melanin.If the issue is deeper in the skin in dermis only laser has been shown to help.Neither are absolute guarantee to stop making melanin completely ...Read more

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How can I reduce the growth of melanin to make my skin brighter?

Avoid tanning: Skin pigmentation is accelerated by uv light. Avoid the sun when possible and use potent sunblock if you must be in the sun. ...Read more

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Are there any medications that could reduce melanin in your skin?

Probably not: There are bleaching creams available to reduce the skin pigment but they need to be used regularly and are only partly effective. Chemicals such as phenol can destroy the melanin-producting cells altogether by inducing a chemical burn- however that's probably something you won't want. I don't know if the late Michael Jackson' dermatologist or plastic surgeon has other tricks in his bag or not. ...Read more