Skin Optical Characterization Devices

In July 1973 Cheikh Anta Diop published a paper on the pigmentation of the Ancient Egyptians (Kemetians). In the paper he established melanin levels as a fundamental racial characteristic and that there exist laboratory methods to measure melanin levels for both dead and living beings. One issue presented in opposition to the future study of… More Skin Optical Characterization Devices

Melanin Myth #5: Melanin Is Related To Sunlight

This is part 5 of a ten part series on the myths surrounding melanin. This myth claims skin Melanin levels are related to sunlight. Are skin melanin levels really because of sunlight? Depends. If you look at the Fitzpatrick Scale it tells you everything you need to know. There are six different skin types according… More Melanin Myth #5: Melanin Is Related To Sunlight

Melanin Myth #4: Melanin Reduces Vitamin D Levels

This is part 4 in a ten part series of posts surrounding the myths about melanin. In this episode we address the myth claiming melanin reduces vitamin D levels, which seems to be, for the most part, a matter of perception. Does melanin reduce vitamin D levels or do people who have high levels of… More Melanin Myth #4: Melanin Reduces Vitamin D Levels

What is the Oduno Scale?

The Oduno Scale was “gratefully” named for Tarik A. Oduno. He is so honored because, he had the presence of mind to ask us a question which led to the scale’s creation. While we were still gathering our awareness around the idea melanin, the aromatic biopolymer and organic semiconductor that makes people black is worth… More What is the Oduno Scale?