Melanin MelaninBack to top (En español: Melanina) Say: mel-uh-nun Ever wonder where your skin gets its color? It comes from the magic "m" word: melanin! This natural pigment is what gives your skin its special hue. The darker your skin, the more melanin you have. Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2013 The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth. All rights reserved.