The pigment melanin gives hair, skin, and eyes their colour; excess melanin in some areas can result in black spots. Learn about melanin’s relevance for the skin by reading this article.
What is MELANIN?
The term “melanin” refers to a collection of naturally occurring pigments that are present in most animals and are produced by a specialised cell population called melanocytes. Melanin serves as an anti-UV shield and the catalyst for all cellular processes in an organism.
Melanogenesis, which causes the skin to darken and is hypothesised to shield skin cells from UVA and UVB radiation damage, lowers the risk of folate depletion and dermal deterioration in the human skin. Melanogenesis is triggered by exposure to UV radiation. Malignant melanoma, a cancer of the melanocytes (melanin cells), is thought to be enhanced by exposure to UV radiation, and studies have indicated that those with higher concentrations of melanin have a reduced incidence of skin cancer.
What does it help in?
Melanin is a pigment that gives your skin, eyes, and hair colour. It also absorbs damaging UV rays to shield your cells from sun damage. Reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are waste products of cellular functions in the body and an accumulation of ROS in the cells can result in cellular damage and stress, are also protected by melanin. ROS, which is associated with ageing, cancer, and diabetes, can be picked up by melanin.
Additionally, several animal studies have suggested additional advantages of melanin. Herbal melanin may be able to stop stomach ulcers from developing and may even help to lessen bodily inflammation, which protects the liver from damage.