9. Racial Influences on Skin Disease

  1. Tony Burns MB, BS, FRCP Emeritus Consultant Dermatologist3,
  2. Stephen Breathnach MA, MB, BChir, MD, PhD, FRCP Consultant Dermatologist4,5,
  3. Neil Cox BSc, MB, ChB, FRCP(Lond & Edin) Consultant Dermatologist Visiting Professor6,7 and
  4. Christopher Griffiths BSc, MD, FRCP, FRCPath Professor of Dermatology Consultant Dermatologist8
  1. L. C. Fuller MA, FRCP Consultant Dermatologist1 and
  2. E. M. Higgins MA, FRCP Consultant Dermatologist2

Published Online: 6 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317633.ch9

Rook's Textbook of Dermatology, Eighth Edition

Rook's Textbook of Dermatology, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Fuller, L. C. and Higgins, E. M. (2010) Racial Influences on Skin Disease, in Rook's Textbook of Dermatology, Eighth Edition (eds T. Burns, S. Breathnach, N. Cox and C. Griffiths), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317633.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Leicester Royal Infirmary, Infirmary Square, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK

  2. 4

    St John's Institute of Dermatology, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, St Thomas' Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EH, UK

  3. 5

    Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Epsom, Surrey, UK

  4. 6

    Department of Dermatology, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle CA2 7HY, UK

  5. 7

    University of Cumbria, Carlisle CA1 2HH, UK

  6. 8

    The Dermatology Centre, University of Manchester, Salford Royal Hospital, Salford, Manchester M6 8HD, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Dermatology, Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Ethelbert Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3NG, UK

  2. 2

    Department of Dermatology, King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, Camberwell, London SE5 9RS, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 22 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161695

Online ISBN: 9781444317633



  • Race;
  • ethnic;
  • cultural;
  • skin;
  • hair;
  • hyper-pigmentation;
  • hypo-pigmentation;
  • dyschromia


This chapter outlines racial differences in the structure and function of the skin and how these relate to susceptibility and presentation of cutaneous disease. The chapter discusses diseases with a strong racial, ethnic or cultural predisposition and highlights common dermatoses in which the presentation may be distinct in different ethnic groups. Specific problems related to dyschromia in certain racial groups are presented