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March 2004

Skin Color Is Not the Same Thing as Race

Arch Dermatol. 2004;140(3):361. doi:10.1001/archderm.140.3.361-a

In his reply to an editorial by Williams,1 Dr Carter2 argues for the legitimacy of usingracial identification in dermatology. In support of this argument, he cites the lower incidence of basal cell carcinomas and the higher incidence of postinflammatoryhyperpigmentation among blacks. The question remains, however, whether these differences are due specifically to race or simply to the degree of skin pigmentation.