Hidradenitis suppurativa in skin of colour

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Hidradenitis suppurativa/acne inversa (HS) more prevalent and disproportionally affects African American females. Although there are limited studies in HS skin of colour populations in the USA, there is more scarcity of HS skin of colour studies in other countries, which limits the overall understanding of the disease among these patients. Herein, our overview of the 10th European Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation (EHSF) e.V. Conference provided a crude example of the limited number of skin of colour physicians, physician scientists and inclusion of skin of colour patients highlighting the need to increase awareness of this important issue. We summarized the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical picture and focused on treatment options from southeast Asia and Africa. Our outlined general recommendations for diagnosis will render better clinical care and outcomes for diverse patient populations.

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