A Guide to Treating Psoriasis on Black and Brown Skin

By Kerry Weiss
Reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
June 29, 2021

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that affects more than 8 million people in the United States. While it affects about 3.2 percent of Caucasians, it can also affect people of color—about 1.9 percent of African Americans and 1.6 percent of Hispanics, according to research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

It’s unclear whether the lower numbers in these ethnic groups are because the condition is truly less common or because the condition simply isn’t diagnosed as often by physicians.

“As the years go on, those numbers are going up,” says Nikki Hill, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at the Skin of Culture and Hair Center in Atlanta, Georgia. “It’s likely more prevalent in people of color than we’re assuming. We think that they’re grossly underdiagnosed.”

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