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Responsible Dosha: Pitta
Dark skin is not something that people want, unless they are one of those who love to get a tanned look. Normal skin contains cells called melanocytes. These cells produce melanin, the substance that gives skin its color. Pale skin areas are due to too little melanin. Darker areas of skin occur when you have more melanin. Bronzing of the skin may sometimes be mistaken for a suntan. This skin discoloration often develops slowly, starting at the elbows, knuckles, and knees and spreading from there. Bronzing may also be seen on the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands. The bronze color can range from light to dark (in fair-skinned people) with the degree of darkness.