Chapter 14. Racially Pigmented Skin

  1. Richard P. J. B. Weller MD, FRCP (Edin) Senior Lecturer1,
  2. John A. A. Hunter OBE, BA, MD, FRCP (Edin) Professor Emeritus of Dermatology2,
  3. John A. Savin MA, MD, ChB, FRCP, DIH Former Consultant Dermatologist3 and
  4. Mark V. Dahl BA, MD Professor of Dermatology former Chairman Professor Emeritus4,5

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300086.ch14

Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition

Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Weller, R. P. J. B., Hunter, J. A. A., Savin, J. A. and Dahl, M. V. (2008) Racially Pigmented Skin, in Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300086.ch14

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Dermatology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

  2. 2

    University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

  3. 3

    The Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, UK

  4. 4

    College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

  5. 5

    University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 7 MAR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146630

Online ISBN: 9781444300086



  • racially pigmented skin;
  • racial differences in structure and function;
  • hypopigmentation;
  • pityriasis alba and vitiligo;
  • dermatosis papulosa nigra;
  • dissecting folliculitis;
  • melanoma development on non-sun-exposed skin;
  • erythema dyschromicum perstans;
  • coining, cupping or moxibustion and linear petechiae and ecchymoses


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Skin types

  • Racial differences in structure and function

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Hypopigmentation

  • Conditions more common in coloured skin

  • Infections

  • Alopecia (hair loss)

  • Keloids

  • Melanomas and other tumours

  • Other considerations

  • Erythema dyschromicum perstans

  • Cultural marks

  • Further reading