Separating Skin Surface Reflection Component from Single Color Image

  • Shuchang XuEmail author
  • Zhengwei Yao
  • Yiwei Liu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11902)


Due to the complex structure and rough surface of human skin, obtaining skin surface reflection is often difficult. To our knowledge, existing methods for measuring skin surface reflection are mostly device dependent. In this paper, we describe an approach that, unlike all previous methods, is able to extract the skin surface reflection component from a single color image without the need for any special device or prior information. First, we introduce a complete model for skin imaging incorporating Lambert-Beer law with the Dichromatic Reflection Mode, followed by extracting a pigment concentration map using the ICA algorithm. Finally we estimate the surface reflectivity in each color channel, and calculate the overall surface reflection component. Experiments are designed to verify the proposed algorithm and show good agreement with the ground truth obtained by special device.


Surface reflection Dichromatic Reflection Mode Skin pigments 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Information Science and EngineeringHangzhou Normal UniversityHangzhouChina
  2. 2.www.Learnings.aiBeijingChina

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