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Skin darkening in teenagers. Is that always normal due to pubertal hormonal changes?
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
In brief: Skin darkening
Your skin may be naturally light or dark depending on how much melanin your skin produces.
Changes in melanin production can be due to a variety of conditions and some medications. Skin darkening can be due to changing hormone levels or medications, but it can also occur from exposure to ionizing radiation (such as the sun) or heavy metals. Radiation therapy can also cause an increase in skin pigm.

In brief: Skin darkening
Your skin may be naturally light or dark depending on how much melanin your skin produces.
Changes in melanin production can be due to a variety of conditions and some medications. Skin darkening can be due to changing hormone levels or medications, but it can also occur from exposure to ionizing radiation (such as the sun) or heavy metals. Radiation therapy can also cause an increase in skin pigm.
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