If you flip through a textbook or look at a website with images of common skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, you may not see many—if any—images of those conditions on darker skin. In fact, when auditing nearly 16,000 images of various skin conditions, a recent study found that only 19% of images were representative of darker skin tones.

It’s perhaps because of this issue that skin conditions are often misdiagnosed on people with darker skin tones. 

To help shed some light on common skin conditions that affect people with darker skin, we’re focusing this Health Divide on psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, and melasma. Here you will find:

  • Educational resources on each skin condition
  • Ask the Expert series
  • Personal stories
  • Resources

Let’s shed some light on those with darker skin, so they can better receive the diagnosis and treatment they deserve. 

--Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD, Verywell Health Medical Review Board Member

Health Divide

Skin Conditions and Darker Skin

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How Skin Conditions Affect People With Darker Skin

Featured Skin Conditions

Ask the Expert

How can I find a dermatologist that specializes in skin of color?
Are pigmentation changes permanent with skin conditions like eczema? What can I do to lessen these changes?
How can I avoid a misdiagnosis when it comes to my skin condition?
How do environmental and lifestyle factors impact skin conditions?

Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD

Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD, is an internationally recognized dermatology and wellness expert. She is board-certified in Dermatology and Lifestyle Medicine, and has lectured at national and international conferences on healthy aging strategies in skincare and wellness. She has been featured as an expert in various publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Forbes.
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  1. Alvarado SM, Feng H. Representation of dark skin images of common dermatologic conditions in educational resources: A cross-sectional analysis. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2021;84(5):1427-1431. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2020.06.041