Author(s): Davis EC, Callender VD, Davis EC, Callender VD
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Abstract Acne vulgaris is one of the most common conditions for which all patients, including those with skin of color (Fitzpatrick skin types IV-VI), seek dermatological care. The multifactorial pathogenesis of acne appears to be the same in ethnic patients as in Caucasians. However, there is controversy over whether certain skin biology characteristics, such as sebum production, differ in ethnic patients. Clinically, acne lesions can appear the same as those seen in Caucasians; however, histologically, all types of acne lesions in African Americans can be associated with intense inflammation including comedones, which can also have some degree of inflammation. It is the sequelae of the disease that are the distinguishing characteristics of acne in skin of color, namely postinflammatory hyperpigmentation and keloidal or hypertrophic scarring. Although the medical and surgical treatment options are the same, it is these features that should be kept in mind when designing a treatment regimen for acne in skin of color.
This article was published in J Clin Aesthet Dermatol
and referenced in Dermatology and Dermatologic Diseases