Have you stood naked, looked down and noticed that your privates are a completely different color than the rest of the skin on your body? Why is that?
According to Dr. Cameron Rokhsar and Dr. Lindsey Bordone – both dermatologists based in New York – answered this age-old question.
Turns out, it has anything to do with our sex hormones. The level of hormones present in our body, such as testosterone and estrogen, regulate the activity of our melanocyte cells. These are the cells in our skin and hair that release melanin, the protein pigment responsible for our skin color. Production of these would normally ramp up when we hit puberty, hence why these dark areas only appear to emerge when we get older.
Hormones regulate the way melanocytes produce their pigment. Those can have an effect on the way the skin in that area pigments, so generally that area is darker,” said Dr. Rokhsar.
When girls are young, their nipples are light and as they get older, hormones have an effect and the nipples darken. It’s very similar for boys,” explained Dr. Bordone.
This is also the reason why so many kids have fair hair, yet grow up to have darker locks.
According to Dr. Bordone, although dark sexy bits are usually a normal characterstic, a change in color could be a sign of health problems, such as diabetes.
Your skin can darken in certain areas when your sugars are very high – and you’re developing diabetes. Chances are it’s nothing to worry about, but if you’re unsure you should consult your doctor,” she said.
So guys, are you still wondering why your penis has different skin color than the rest of your body?