Black and white human skin differences

Klaus Ejner Andersen, H I Maibach

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This review of black and white human skin differences emphasizes the alleged importance of factors other than the obvious, i.e., skin color. Physicochemical differences and differences in susceptibility to irritants and allergens suggest a more resistant black than white skin. Differences appear to exist in the frequency of which several skin diseases occur among blacks and whites. A striking feature in this literature is the disagreement between authors. Common for much of this information is difficulty of interpretation, because of socioeconomic influences and other environmental factors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Academy of Dermatology. Journal
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)276-82
Publication statusPublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


  • Africa
  • African Continental Ancestry Group
  • Americas
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Humans
  • Skin Absorption
  • Skin Diseases
  • Skin Physiological Phenomena
  • Skin Pigmentation
  • Sweat Glands


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