American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 215–230 | Cite as

Facial Hyperpigmentation in Skin of Color: Special Considerations and Treatment

  • Neelam A. Vashi
  • Stephen A. Wirya
  • Meyene Inyang
  • Roopal V. KunduEmail author
Therapy in Practice


Differences in cutaneous diseases in people of color call for nuanced evaluation and management. One of the most common dermatological complaints from patients with skin of color is dyspigmentation, particularly hyperpigmentation. The challenge for clinicians is to establish correct diagnoses along with consistently successful treatments to meet the needs of the increasingly diverse population served. This review focuses on facial hyperpigmentation and outlines the most common skin disorders and treatment options.


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No funding was received for the preparation of this review.

Conflict of interest

Neelam A Vashi, Stephen A Wirya, Meyene Inyang, and Roopal V. Kundu have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neelam A. Vashi
    • 1
  • Stephen A. Wirya
    • 1
  • Meyene Inyang
    • 2
  • Roopal V. Kundu
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.Howard University College of MedicineWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA

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