Semin Plast Surg 2009; 23(3): 168-172
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1224795
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Skin Care in Ethnic Populations

Patrick D. Cole1 , Daniel A. Hatef1 , Susan Taylor2 , Jamal M. Bullocks1
  • 1Division of Plastic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • 2Department of Dermatology, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, New York
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Publication Date:
13 July 2009 (online)


Use of over-the-counter cosmetics, approaches to hygiene, and many basic dermatologic principles differ between individuals with Caucasian skin and ethnic skin. Still, comparatively few publications highlight these variations or discuss appropriate management. Among many ethnic patients, issues related to skin hydration, restoration of even pigmentation, hair removal, and acne care remain problematic yet not fully addressed. As well, there are some dermatologic conditions that may be rare in Caucasian skin but are much more common in the ethnic patient. Here, we discuss various aspects of skin hydration, dyschromia, sunscreen use, and chemical depilatories in the ethnic population.


Daniel A Hatef, M.D. 

Fellow, Division of Plastic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine

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