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Why Your Penis And Nipples Are Darker Than The Rest Of Your Skin?

Have you ever thought why the skin around your private parts (genitals) are darker than the rest of your body? I know it may be weird, also, it is not life’s most important question. Does this different color serve any purpose? A dermatologist has recently explained the entire phenomenon and it is quite interesting.

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Source: IFLScience

The genitalia and the areolas (the nipples and their surrounding area) darken during puberty. Melanocytes, which is responsible for producing melanin, the dark pigments of skin, responds to sex hormones. Interestingly, Melanin is an amino acid which is in charge for skin and hair color.

A dermatologist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, Dr. Lindsey Bordone told the Daily Mail, “Your skin can darken in certain areas when your sugars are very high – and you’re developing diabetes. When girls are young, their nipples are light. And as they get older, hormones have an effect and the nipples darken. It’s very similar for boys.”

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Source: Daily Mail

When the human hits puberty, the increase in both estrogen and testosterone cause the body to create melanin. Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York said: “Hormones regulate the way melanocytes produce their pigment. Those can have an effect on the way the skin in that area pigments, so generally, that area is darker.”

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