American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 405–423 | Cite as

Psoriasis in Skin of Color: Insights into the Epidemiology, Clinical Presentation, Genetics, Quality-of-Life Impact, and Treatment of Psoriasis in Non-White Racial/Ethnic Groups

  • Bridget P. KaufmanEmail author
  • Andrew F. Alexis
Review Article


Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition affecting diverse racial/ethnic groups throughout the world. Large population-based studies suggest that psoriasis occurs most often in individuals of European ancestry, followed by black and Hispanic individuals, although the true prevalence of psoriasis in non-white individuals is likely underestimated. Despite similarities in psoriasis between ethnic groups, there are notable differences in the presentation, quality-of-life impact, and treatment of psoriasis with important implications for the management of non-white individuals. Overall, heterogeneity in psoriasis susceptibility alleles, in combination with cultural and socioeconomic factors, may explain these differences. In this article, we review the epidemiology, clinical presentation, genetic polymorphisms, quality-of-life impact, and treatment nuances of psoriasis in patients with skin of color.


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Conflict of interest

Bridget P. Kaufman has no conflict of interest or financial disclosures to report. Andrew F. Alexis reports the following conflicts of interest and financial disclosures: a grant to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s for clinical trials studying psoriasis (Novartis and Dermira).


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  1. 1.Mount Sinai St. Luke’sNew YorkUSA

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