Diagnosing Disorders of Hypopigmentation and Depigmentation in Patients with Skin of Color
Ceresnie MS, Gonzalez S, and Hamzavi IH. Diagnosing Disorders of Hypopigmentation and Depigmentation in Patients with Skin of Color. Dermatol Clin 2023; 41(3):407-416.
Skin hypopigmentation and depigmentation disorders are a top concern for patients with skin of color seeking care from a dermatologist. The visual contrast between involved and uninvolved skin in these disorders makes them particularly burdensome for patients with skin of color. These disorders may have a wide differential of diagnosis, as patients with skin of color may present differently or more frequently than White patients for certain conditions. Clues from a comprehensive history and physical examination with standard lighting and a Wood's light are essential for clinching the diagnosis, although a biopsy may be warranted in special cases.
Medical Subject Headings
Humans; Skin Pigmentation; Diagnosis, Differential; Hypopigmentation