Skin pigmentation disorders: More than just cosmetic?

November 22, 2004

The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that five million to six million Americans will at some point experience a skin pigmentation condition. Of all these disorders, vitiligo has the most devastating effects on the patient's psychosocial and emotional well-being. Other conditions, such as melasma and solar lentigines, may have less disabling psychological effects, but they are not inconsequential. Raising awareness of these skin disorders was recently discussed at a Galderma-sponsored luncheon in New York City.