With skin color being a topic that’s increasingly debated by the public, the question of whether it’s the most important factor in determining a person’s skin color has come up frequently.
For instance, there’s been a growing movement to remove color-blindness and racial bias in schools, and there are more and more people advocating for the inclusion of skin color as a factor in fashion.
But a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that while there’s a wide range of opinions on the topic, it’s pretty much a consensus that skin color plays a major role in how your skin responds to certain treatments.
This is especially true for those of us with darker skin tones.
According to a study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, “the prevalence of skin pigmentation is strongly related to the degree of melanin production and the degree to which the melanocytes produce melanin.”
It’s important to note that this study focused on people with naturally dark skin tones and did not look at people with lighter skin tones or those who had already had darker skin tone.
For those who have darker skin, the researchers found that “the percentage of melanocytes producing melanin is highly associated with the degree and the severity of the skin pigments.
In fact, the greater the melanocyte response to the light-stimulated treatment, the more severe the response.”
This finding suggests that the greater your melanocytes production, the higher your melanin response will be, but the researchers did not have enough data to find out whether darker skin has a greater effect on your response to a light-induced treatment.
However, there are some people who are not convinced that dark skin is a better way to respond to light treatment.
“I don’t think there’s any question that dark people are better at reacting to light than light-skinned people,” said Dr. Michael B. Hameroff, associate professor of dermatology and dermatology at the Medical University of South Carolina and director of the Division of Cosmetic Surgery at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
“In fact, in one study, people who were darker than average for their skin color had a more severe response to light therapy than those who were light-complexioned.”
Dr. Hameed Shahid, a dermatologist at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, also said that he doesn’t think darker skin is inherently more sensitive to light.
“But I think there is some degree of variability in skin color perception, and if there is a difference in skin tone perception, that may be the result of some of the different hormones that our skin has,” Dr. Shahid said.
He added that it’s “very hard to say if darker skin can be an advantage or a disadvantage for light therapy.”
So, why are there so many people who believe that darkness is more important than light?
For starters, there is not a lot of research that really looks at the reasons why some people have darker skins than others.
This makes it hard to pinpoint a cause for why some have darker or lighter skin, but Dr. Kahlil Sajjad, an assistant professor of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, said that it is probably due to genetics.
“Genetic differences are known to be associated with skin color, so if you look at a large number of studies, they are very consistent in finding that darker skin people have less melanocytes,” Dr Sajjan said.
However the same study found that darker people have an increased risk of developing skin cancer.
“If you are darker, your skin may have a higher percentage of darker-bearing melanocytes.
This increases your risk of melanoma,” Dr Hamerow said.
“So, you might have more melanocytes and a higher risk of cancer, and the same may be true for lighter-bearing skin.”
For the more sensitive skin, darker skin may also be a more effective way to treat dark patches, since it’s less likely that there are a number of melanocyte-producing cells in the area that will cause it to turn red.
However Dr. Sajjab pointed out that it may be a “false dichotomy” for some people to assume that darker or light skin is more harmful than lighter skin.
“People may be more prone to believing that darker and lighter skin is less harmful, because it’s perceived as being more severe, more prone, and that’s not necessarily the case,” Dr Fauci said.
So, there you have it.
While there are no official studies on how long dark skin can last in the sun, the studies reviewed here suggest that if you’re darker than normal, darker patches may become more red over time.
“Even though the research has been quite limited, we do have data that indicates that darker-skinned individuals tend to have more redness over time,” Dr Shahid added.
Dr Hameeds Sajjahad said that although it’s not entirely clear,