We are prompted to report this case because of the unusual location and extent of the disease present.
The authors of textbooks on diseases of the skin agree that it is rare for the tinea versicolor of the temperate zone to extend beyond the covered parts of the body. Study of the literature confirms these statements.
Biart,1 Smith,2 Gottheil3 and Allen4 have each reported a case of tinea versicolor of the face. In none of the cases reported, however, has the face been involved to the extent that it was in our patient. Gottheil5 also reported a case of tinea versicolor occurring on the palm.
Powell6 found that tinea versicolor of the face was "quite common in Assam." He described the efflorescence as light patches of chamoisskin color on black skins. He accounted for the rarity of the disease on the face in Europe