Treating acne in patients of color requires special consideration of the unique

differences within this heterogeneous patient population. While pathogenesis,

clinical presentation, and treatment are similar among all patients regardless of

color, two important complications occur more frequently in ethnic skin-

postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and scarring (1). Acne and its con-

sequences may have a significant psychosocial impact, reducing quality of life

(2). In fact, PIH and scarring are oftentimes the motivating factors for patients to

seek medical attention in people of color (3).