Our ethnic origins influence the structure and appearance of our skin because our skin colour is determined by the density and the distribution of melanin.
All ethnic groups have a similar number of melanocytes in their skin. What differs between ethnicities is the level of melanocyte activity, combined with how the cells are made up and grouped together.
UV exposure: Even if white skin is more affected by UV exposure, all skin needs special care in the sun.
Pigmentation disorders: While skin of all colours can suffer from pigment disorders, they are most common and more of a concern for individuals of Asian, Hispanic or African origin.
Age spots: Sun induced age spots (solar lentigines) are more visible on Caucasian and Asian skin than on darker skins.
Acne: The differences are small, whilst all acne sufferers get spots, individuals of Asian and African origin get more inflammation than Caucasians.