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Melanin

Melanin is a natural substance that gives color (pigment) to hair, skin, and the iris of the eye. It is produced by cells in the skin called melanocytes.

Melanin also helps protect the skin from the sun.

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Melanin is a natural substance that gives color (pigment) to hair, skin, and the iris of the eye. It is produced by cells in the skin called melanocytes.

Melanin also helps protect the skin from the sun.

Alternative Names

Skin pigment

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References

Habif TP, ed. Principles of diagnosis and anatomy.Clinical Dermatology

Update Date 11/4/2012