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Photomedicine and phototherapy considerations for patients with skin of color
Article first published online: 4 JAN 2011
© 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S
Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine
Volume 27, Issue 1, pages 10–16, February 2011
How to Cite
Syed, Z. U. and Hamzavi, I. H. (2011), Photomedicine and phototherapy considerations for patients with skin of color. Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 27: 10–16. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0781.2010.00554.x
- Issue published online: 4 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 4 JAN 2011
- Accepted for publication: 22 September 2010
- laser therapy;
- optical diagnostics;
- skin of color
Background/purpose: Patients with skin of color present unique challenges and opportunities for dermatologists in their disease states as well as their response to treatment. There are differences in dosing for patients with skin of color using standard phototherapeutic approaches as well as unique disease states that may respond to newer phototherapeutic options. Lastly, there are optical diagnostic options that allow investigators to differentiate erythema and pigmentation in a quantitative manner for clinical research purposes.
Methods: Review of the current literature with regard to vitiligo, hidradenitis suppurativa and optical diagnostic methods.
Conclusions: Practitioners need to be aware of the various phototherapy and laser therapy options for patients with skin of color. New discoveries for the use of visible light as a form of treatment are on the horizon, and optical diagnostic techniques such as diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and colorimetry may add value clinically and within the research realm as objective measures of pigmentation and erythema.