Keloids Gary J. Brauner, MD What is the cause of keloids? Keloids are scars that continue to heal and grow beyond the time for normal wound healing. They occur rarely in Caucasians and are more prevalent in those of South Asian ancestry and especially African sub-Saharan ancestry. They bear no relation to the depth of…

Acne Keloidalis (Folliculitis Papillaris)

What is the cause of “acne keloidalis?” Shirin Bajaj, BA Roopal V. Kundu, MD Folliculitis papillaris or the commonly misnamed “acne keloid” (since it is not acne and does not result in keloids) is a chronic condition lasting many years occurring mostly in Black young men as itchy bumps on the back of the neck.…

Enhanced Patient Education Resources on the SOCS Website

We are pleased to offer a wide variety of patient educational resources on the Skin of Color Society (SOCS) website, now available in English and Spanish translations! Thanks to expert contributions from many SOCS members, the Patient Dermatology Education section of the site features informative articles to help patients of color better understand the following dermatologic…

Reaching Derm and Medical Colleagues Around the World through our Riveting Skin of Color Series

We are thrilled to see such phenomenal attendance and response to our virtual series addressing “The Impact of Skin Color and Ethnicity on Clinical Diagnosis and Research.” This educational series is collaborative, presented by the Skin of Color Society (SOCS), the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Group, and VisualDx, with in-kind support from Zoom…

The Skin of Color Society, New England Journal of Medicine Group and VisualDX Collaboration: The Impact of Skin Color and Ethnicity on Clinical Diagnosis and Research

We are thrilled to be a part of a groundbreaking virtual series in collaboration with the New England Journal of Medicine Group (NEJM Group) and VisualDx, which brings together Skin of Color Society experts, thought leaders and other advocates in collaborative discussions addressing issues of health disparities, structural racism and medicine, while examining specific dermatologic…


Join clinical experts, thought leaders, and advocates for a collaborative discussion on the issues of health disparities, structural racism, and medicine as we examine specific dermatologic diseases in a series of four free and open educational webinars. Register now for one event or all four! Structural Racism and Racial Bias in Medicine Hair Disorders in…

Remembering Dr. A. Paul Kelly

On May 13, six years ago, SOCS founding/honorary emeritus member Dr. A. Paul Kelly passed away. Known as a “Quiet Pioneer” of skin of color dermatology, Dr. Kelly dedicated his life to researching issues associated with skin of color, and to improving dermatological care for his patients. He inspired and challenged nearly 90 dermatology residents,…

Donald Glass II, MD, PhD, FAAD

Donald Glass II, MD, PhD, FAAD is an Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. Originally from the Bahamas, Dr. Glass enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in 1998. He received his PhD from BCM in 2005 from the Department of Human…

Dallas Educational and Networking Event

Dallas, TX - July 23, 2018 Synopsis of meeting:  The Skin of Color Society held a networking and educational event at the Hotel Zaza Art House in Dallas, TX.  The event provided members and other guests a chance to enjoy networking, education and a unique venue. The event was attended by established dermatologists as well…

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