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Name:  Kat Eiler
Status:  student
Age:  19
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Date: 2000-2001


Question:
How do you increase the production of melanin in your body....to achieve a deeper tan??? Does it have anything to do with the amount of vitamin D in the system...and is there a way to increase it without medical intervention???


Replies:
The ability to produce melanin is largely genetic. Certain hormonal conditions and drugs will effect the ability to tan but they all are to my knowledge either not effective, carry considerable risk or are not approved for such use. As with everything in our lives we are to a great extent confined by the genetic composition bestowed on us by our parents and their parents. Scary thought!

PF


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