Is Asian Skin Really Different from Black or Caucasian Skin?

It is often claimed that Asian skin is different from Black or Caucasian skin. This claim is so persistent throughout Asia, particularly East Asia, that it leads one to think there must be a physiological basis for it. Reviews such as the keynote presentation by Tony Rawlings at the 2005 IFSCC Conference1 provide a good overview of potential differences, but before discussing these, it would be beneficial to compare human skin with animal skin first.

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