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Int J Cosmet Sci. 2010 Aug;32(4):241-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2494.2009.00562.x. Epub 2010 May 10.

High resolution skin colorimetry, strain mapping and mechanobiology.

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Laboratories of Dermatopathology, Department of Dermatopathology, University Hospital of Liege, BE-4000 Liege, Belgium.


Skin colours are notoriously different between individuals. They are governed by ethnicities and phototypes, and further influenced by a variety of factors including photoexposures and sustained mechanical stress. Indeed, mechanobiology is a feature affecting the epidermal melanization. High-resolution epiluminescence colorimetry helps in deciphering the effects of forces generated by Langer's lines or relaxed skin tension lines on the melanocyte activity. The same procedure shows a prominent laddering pattern of melanization in striae distensae contrasting with the regular honeycomb pattern in the surrounding skin.

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