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Researchers inoculated forearm skin of 10 black and 10 white men with Candida albicans and visually scored the severity of dermatitis by the severity

Table 8

Lipid Content

Reference

Subjects

Site

Results

(20)

Cadavers:

Cadavers:

• Lipid and sterol

Black man (1);

Abdomen

content in total

white men (3)

epidermis blacks >

Living:

Living:

whites

Black man (1);

Back and thigh

white man (1)

(ages 49-68)

(8)

Black, white,

not documented

• Ceramide levels

Hispanic, and Asian

blacks (50% less) <

(number of subjects,

whites and Hispanics

age not specified)

(P < 0.05)

(21)

U.K. (41); Thai

Scalp

• U.K. and Thai subjects

(dry season) (31);

demonstrated similar

Thai (humid season) (31)

levels of total lipids

(ages 20 to 40)

Source: Adapted from Ref. 2.

Source: Adapted from Ref. 2.

of pustules (Table 9) (10,22). They also assessed microflora population after aerobic incubation. Another study evaluated facial skin microflora in black and white women. Both studies found that blacks had more skin microflora than whites, but the results differed with regard to the density of

Table 9 Skin Surface Microflora

Reference

Subjects

Site

Results

(22)

Black men (10);

Forearm

• Candida albicans

white men (10)

blacks (150% greater) >

(ages 21-59)

whites (P < 0.025)

• Aerobes blacks

(650% greater) >

whites (P < 0.025)

(10)

Black women (30);

Left and right

• Density of Propionibacterium

white women (30);

medial cheeks,

acnes blacks > whites,

(ages 18 to 45)

midvolar forearms,

but not statistically

lateral midlower

significant

legs

• No significant difference

in aerobes

aerobes. Thus, further investigation will be necessary before conclusions can be drawn.

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