Melanin Functions as Protection

November 1, 2003

Chicago -- While scientists have stated for years that those persons with greater skin pigment are less prone to suffer from skin cancer, and experience the aging effects of the sun more slowly than those with less skin pigment, research produced at this year's L'Oreal Ethnic Hair and Skin Conference, held here Sept. 19-21, provide quantitative evidence of the effects of skin pigment on the molecular responses in human skin in-vivo to ultraviolet (UV) irradiation.