Managing Common Dermatoses in Skin of Color
The demographics of the United States continue to evolve, with a growing proportion of the
population consisting of non-Caucasian racial and ethnic groups. As darker skin types
become more prevalent, so will the need to better understand their skin, the conditions that
affect it, and optimal approaches for treatment. This population poses a special challenge
for practitioners in part as a result of the sequelae often associated with the conditions in
their own right—postinflammatory hyperpigmentation and scarring—and potential iatrogenic
adverse effects that may occur during treatment. Through careful consideration of
cultural, clinical, and therapeutic nuances, safe and effective management of common
disorders in skin of color is achievable.
Semin Cutan Med Surg 28:63-70 © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.