And for many, it hold’s so much significance – from race, to culture, to identity. The spectrum of skin color and features is certainly something to celebrate, and these differences can also relate to diseases prevalence, how diseases present, and how patients are impacted.

For Example:


In the United State, Black children are 1.7 time more likely to develop atopic dermatitis (AD) than white children. ¹

Erythema, which often appears as pink or redness in lighter skin tones, may be harder to appreciate or assess in darker skinned AD patients, where redness may appear more violaceous in color or be missed completely. ¹


Asian individuals and Pacific Islanders are seven times more likely than White persons to be diagnosed with AD at an office visit. ¹

In Asian individuals, AD lesions may be more distinguishable with well-defined lesions, and with increased scaling and lichenification compared with patients. ¹


A study found that 16.3% of London-born Black Caribbean children vs 8.7% of White children were diagnosed with AD. ¹


Although some studies have reported no statistically significant difference in the age of onset, duration, or type of alopecia aerate (AA) by ethnicity, in one cross-sectional US registry, African American were 77% more likely to be diagnosed with AA than were White persons. More information is needed to understand whether AA prevalence varies by race nad/or ethnicity. (2-4)

Vitiligo can place a significant psychosocial burden on people with darker skin types. In countries throughout the world, affected individuals may be treated as though they have an infectious diseases or disfigurement and may face social stigmatization. 5