Defining People of Color
Defining a “person of color” can be challenging. Everyone has different experiences regarding their race and ethnicity, and all experiences are valid. Unfortunately, there is a harmful history behind assigning attributes to one particular group, though we commonly think of “people of color” as those with more pigmented skin tones. Still, there is such a great variation in pigmentation among people from every ethnicity and race, which further adds to the confusion behind this term. So, how do we define a “person of color”?
The Skin Report is a podcast created to educate listeners on methods to improve skin health for people of all ethnicities and ages. On this episode, host Dr. Sethi discusses the term “people of color” and how it relates to the science behind our skin, genes, and environments. People of color generally possess a greater presence of melanin, which is vital in protecting the skin. Dr. Sethi explains the role of melanin in our skin, how the Fitzpatrick Scale is used in clinical dermatology, and how the skincare industry has historically promoted unhealthy practices that work against melanin production. Finally, she educates listeners on how people of color can navigate skin cycling to work with their melanin, not against it.
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