Benefits of Melanin

Written by Marktavious Edwards, 2 years ago, 0 Comments

Protects From UV Damage

Melanin provides natural protection against the damaging effects of the sun.  This is not to say that you should not wear sunscreen – because you should!  Did you know  that sunscreen with an spf of 15 allows you to stay in the sun 15 times longer than you normally would before  burning will occur?  For people with very little melanin, 30 minutes is all it takes for a sunburn to  happen so for these people sunscreen is absolutely necessary when partaking in outdoor activity.  For people with melanin it may very well take an hour or two before a sunburn would happen, so the addition of sunscreen extends your protection  for 15 times longer than that!  I still recommend reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours to prevent any DNA damage caused by UV rays.  Since melanin absorbs light, DNA damage is rare in melanated skin.

Not only black people have melanin!  In fact, most people have at least a small amount.  Research has shown that there are different forms of melanin so not all melanin is created equally or functions the same.  Those with olive, tan, brown, and black skin all have higher amounts of melanin and we see it work as a protective agent in all of these shades of skin.  

Youthful Looking Skin

Majority of wrinkles and signs of aging are caused by damage from the sun.  Thanks to the protective nature of melanin the sun stands no chance against those adorned in it.  We also find that a large amount of people with melanin have oily skin which is yet another layer of protection from the sun.  I can’t say this enough, I still recommend wearing sunscreen because although no wrinkle formed against you shall prosper, brown spots (hyperpigmentation) are still an issue and unprotected sun exposure is the leading cause of this.  

Reduces Cancer Chances

Let me start by saying make sure you continue to wear your sunscreen.  There’s a reason that those with melanin are significantly less likely to have skin cancer.  As mentioned earlier, Melanin is an effective absorber of light.  The pigment is able to dissipate more than 99.9% of absorbed UV radiation. Even extremely light-skinned peoples melanocytes will respond to the sun by producing more melanin (we call this tanning).  The reason I am a stickler of sunscreen is because even melanin has its limits, so it’s best that you respect and protect it and only put it to work when it’s necessary.

Although we do not like the appearance of brown spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation, be grateful that your melanin never lets you down.  Those brown spots form when damage is done to the skin (popping a pimple for example) melanin rushes to the area as a form of protection and healing.  The protective nature of melanin is what we must learn to appreciate most.  

The benefits that I’ve covered here are only related to the skin.  Melanin runs much deeper than the skin and actually has a direct effect on every organ in the human body.  Are you starting to see how all of the things that you may dislike about your skin are actually the components that keep you beautiful and in good health?  Sunless self tanning is a $763,400,000 industry which is a huge indication that  a lot of people pay for what you were born with.  Love yourself, love your health!