A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois shows that darker skinned Indians are more likely to develop a darker complexion than those with lighter skin tones.
According to the researchers, the reason for this is that dark people have darker melanin pigments, which make up around 70 percent of the body’s melanin.
The researchers examined the genomes of nearly 400 individuals from across the world, and found that dark-skinned people were less likely than others to have dark pigmentation.
“This indicates that dark pigment levels in the skin are a common feature in the human genome and may have a role in the pathogenesis of dark skin,” said lead author Dr. A.K. Rajaram, an associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
While there are currently no proven treatments to combat the dark skin phenotype, Rajaram said the findings could lead to new ways to diagnose the condition and prevent its development in the future.
“For now, we need to focus on developing new and effective therapies to combat this condition, particularly in darker skin populations,” he said.
Rajaram added that the research could lead the way in the development of new and innovative anti-inflammatory and anti-aging treatments.