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Darker Skin is Protected Against Skin Cancer BUT Absorb Less Vitamin D

The Skin Color, Sun, and Health Connection

  • Melanin's Role: This skin pigment acts as a natural sunscreen, protecting against harmful UV rays. Darker skin has more melanin, lowering skin cancer risk.

  • The Vitamin D Dilemma: While melanin offers protection, it also blocks the UV needed to make vitamin D. People with darker skin may need more vitamin D for optimal health.

  • Beyond UV: Sunlight also provides beneficial infrared light (NIR). NIR promotes healing, may offer some skin cancer protection, and boosts a powerful antioxidant form of melatonin.

Key Takeaways for Your Health:

Last updated: Mar 27, 2024 18:30 PM