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Ethnicity and Dermatology

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Many skin diseases present differently in ethnic skin. This chapter explains the differences in the structure of the ethnic skin and addresses the most prevalent diseases in this population, showing the differences in relation to the manifestations in Caucasian skin.

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Atopic dermatitis


Acral lentiginous melanoma


Azelaic acid


Basal cell carcinoma


Confluent and reticulated papillomatosis


Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia


Contact dermatitis


Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp


Dermatosis papulosa nigra


Folliculitis keloidalis nuchae




Glycolic acid


Hypertrophic scars


Hydroquinone (HQ)


Pseudofolliculitis barbae


Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation


Progressive macular hypomelanosis


Pityriasis versicolor


Retinoic acid


Squamous cell carcinoma


Solar lentigo


Seborrheic keratosis


Sun protection factor


Superficial spreading melanoma


Traction alopecia


Trichorrhexis nodosa


Ultraviolet radiation


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type of pigment derived from plants that help them absorb light and convert it into energy. They are useful as for the photoprotection action. Some important sources are apricots, asparagus, carrots, nectarines, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon.


protein filaments that bond keratin fibers.

Fitzpatrick’s classification

report between I and VI types of skin, estimate the response to UVR.


skin thickening with accentuation of the furrows of the skin, usually caused by chronic processes of scratching or physical trauma; histologically, there is an evident epidermal accent.


is a copper-dependent enzyme, essential for the synthesis of melanin.

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Dantas, L.D.P., Boza, J.C., Peruzzo, J. (2023). Ethnicity and Dermatology. In: Rangel Bonamigo, R. (eds) Dermatology in Public Health Environments. Springer, Cham.

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