Areola

Illustration showing areolaThe areola is the area surrounding the nipple of the breast that is of a different colour to the normal skin colour and is slightly raised and roughened. Darkening of the colour of the areola occurs with pregnancy and use of the contraceptive pill due to hormonal changes. The actual colour of the areola varies with the natural skin tone of the woman.

Specialised sebaceous glands in the areola give it the characteristic bumpy appearance and secrete an oily fluid that lubricates the nipple.

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(Last modified: 21st Oct 2014)

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