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Misclassification due to body hair and seasonal variation on melanin density estimates for skin type using spectrophotometry

van der Mei, Ingrid A F; Blizzard, Leigh; Stankovich, James; Ponsonby, Anne-Louise; Dwyer, Terence


Recent advances have enabled quite accurate estimations of cutaneous melanin density by spectrophotometry using reflectance of light at wavelengths 400 and 420 nm. Our purpose was to assess the effect of body hair and seasonal variation at the upper inner arm and buttock on measurements of melanin density. We estimated melanin density of 104 volunteers at 3-monthly intervals over 12 months both before and after shaving. Removing body hair at the upper inner arm had no effect, but substantially...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology
DOI: 10.1016/S1011-1344(02)00331-7


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