Quantitative Analysis of Skin Color from Melanin Content of Superficial Skin Cells

    Volume 17, Issue 1 (January 1972)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 8


    Goldschmidt, H
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

    Raymond, JZ
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

    (Received 22 July 1971; accepted 7 August 1971)

    Abstract

    The color of human skin is determined by many factors. Blood supply, epidermal thickness, and pigments, both intrinsic and extrinsic, are responsible for the many variations we see. An important factor is the amount of the intrinsic pigment melanin, which absorbs and scatters ultraviolet radiation. In recent studies of the morphology of surface skin cells and their melanin content, we noticed a clear correlation between gross skin color and the average number of melanin granules per cell. This suggested that a quantitative analysis of melanin granules in skin cells from microscopic skin specimens, such as those present on clothing, could help to determine the skin color of the individual from which the cells came. This paper describes the methods of cell collection and staining followed and summarizes the results of the quantitative studies.


    Paper ID: JFS10121J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10121J

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    Title Quantitative Analysis of Skin Color from Melanin Content of Superficial Skin Cells
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