A whopping 125 million people worldwide are living with psoriasis, so you’d think there would be more comprehensive info out there about it. Unfortunately, nope. There’s still plenty of confusion…not to mention skewed representation of the condition as only really affecting people with white skin.
In fact, psoriasis affects 1.9 percent of the African American population in the U.S. and 1.6 percent of the Hispanic population, as compared to 3.6 percent of Caucasians, according to one study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. But despite the fact that the condition can affect anyone, examples of psoriasis in medical textbooks and references are often shown on lighter skin tones, leaving a gap in understanding how psoriasis shows up on deeper skin.