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Tannin-Secretion Pills  
  Artificially darkens skin, for skin protection.  

All my life I've used tannin-secretion pills for protection against ultraviolet, so that my skin color has varied from its normal pinkish-white (I'm an albino) to (under blue-white stars) tuxedo black.
From Crashlander, by Larry Niven.
Published by Del Rey in 1994
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Compare to selected melanin boosting from Neuromancer by William Gibson.

Thanks to Ted Ewan for contributing the quote.

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