DERMATOLOGY :: Benign Skin Growths and Pigmentation
Skin Pigment Disorders
What are skin pigment disorders?
Skin color is determined by a pigment (melanin) made by specialized cells in the skin (melanocytes). The amount and type of melanin determines a person's skin color.
What is the function of melanin?
Melanin gives color to the skin, hair, and iris of the eyes. Levels of melanin depend on race and amount of sunlight exposure. Sun exposure increases melanin production - to protect the skin against harmful ultraviolet rays. In addition, hormonal changes can affect melanin production.
What are the different types of skin pigment disorders?
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