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Contact Dermatitis. 1996 Jul;35(1):1-10.

Guidelines for measurement of skin colour and erythema. A report from the Standardization Group of the European Society of Contact Dermatitis.

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Department of Dermatological Research, Leo Pharmaceutical Products, Ballerup, Denmark.


This report reviews individual-related variables (age, sex, race, anatomical site, skin surface properties), intra- and interindividual variation (temporal, physical and mental activity, orthostatic effect, menstrual cycle/menopause), environment-related variables (light conditions, temperature) and various instrument-related variables that influence skin colour. CIE colorimetry (Minolta Chroma Meter) and spectrophotometric measurement (Derma Spectrometer) are considered. The guidelines give recommendations for measuring conditions and procedures.

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