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Skin Care and Skin Diseases: the Caribbean Skin Treatment Spectrum

Epidemiology of skin diseases in ethnic populations.

Skin of Color Center, St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, 1090 Amsterdam Avenue, Suite 1l-D, New York, NY 10025, USA. drstaylor1@aol.com

The spectrum of cutaneous disease occurring in ethnic populations as well as Caribbean skin treatment are as broad and diverse as the ethnic populations themselves. Many skin diseases are seemingly common to most of the ethnic populations, however, including blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans. These diseases include acne vulgaris; pigmentary disorders; eczematous dermatitis; and infection caused by bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Diseases of a more cosmetic nature have emerged over recent years and include the pigmentary disorders melasma and postinflammatory pigmentation, acne keloidalis nuchae, scalp and facial folliculitis, keloidal scarring, alopecia, and photoaging, all playing an important role in the Caribbean skin treatment spectrum. The identification of cutaneous diseases affecting the rapidly increasing ethnic populations serves to focus resources both research and clinical in these areas.

Study of the skin disease spectrum occurring in an Afro-Caribbean population.

Musgrave Medical Centre, Kingston, Jamaica.


There is a scarcity of recent up-to-date studies on the incidence of skin disease among Afro-Caribbeans and the modalities of Caribbean skin treatments.


One thousand patients were retrospectively studied for the most common diagnoses made over a 5-month period from January to May 2001.


The commonest skin diseases seen were acne vulgaris (29.21%), seborrhoeic eczema (22.02%), pigmentary disorders (16.56%), and atopic eczema (6.1%). Other notable common diagnoses included keratosis pilaris, tinea infection, hirsuitism, folliculitis keloidalis nuchae, viral warts, dermatosis papulosa nigra, and confluent and reticulate papillomatosis, which also largely determine the Caribbean skin treatment spectrum.


The patterns of skin disease seen and Caribbean skin treatments provided in the Afro-Caribbean population studied, more closely resembles those seen in developed countries than those seen in developing countries.

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