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Dermatol Clin. 2003 Oct;21(4):743-9.

Ethnic cosmetic products.

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The L 'Oréal Institute for Ethnic Hair and Skin Research, 2101 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616, USA.


Based both on actual differences in the hair and skin and on cultural desire, people of color do have special considerations for cosmetic products. As the experts in hair and skin, it is incumbent on dermatologists to understand the needs of a diverse patient base, to be knowledgeable about the products that patients need and desire, and to be aware of possible adverse effects related to product use or misuse. Further research is needed both to continue to understand the needs of the hair and skin of people of color and to understand the effects of products on ethnic hair and skin.

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