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    Acne in skin of color

    Andrew F. Alexis, M.D., M.P.H.Acne vulgaris is the leading dermatologic diagnosis among the population of Americans collectively referred to as people with skin of color: African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and Asians/Pacific Islanders.1 Dermatologist Andrew F. Alexis, M.D., M.P.H., who reported that finding in the June 2014 Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, also conducted a comparative study at his Skin of Color Center in New York City and found that acne was the leading diagnosis in African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos and Caucasians.2

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    Skin of color patients exhibit clinical and therapeutic nuances that affect acne management. Dermatologists should understand how these patients present, clinically; how to treat them safely; cultural factors; and their specific desired treatment endpoints, according to Dr. Alexis.

    Dr. Alexis, who is dermatology chair at Mount Sinai St. Lukes and Mount Sinai Roosevelt, New York, N.Y., presented on acne and rosacea in skin of color, during the May 2015 Skin of Color Seminar in New York City

     Keloid scarring on the chest 

    Photo credit: Andrew F. Alexis, M.D.

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    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton is president of Words Come Alive, based in Boca Raton, Florida.

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