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Skin of Color Resources: Home

Last Updated: May 22, 2024 2:45 PM


Scope and purpose: This guide provides easier access to resources that talk about and show images of patients with skin of color with the ultimate goal of better representation and better treatment.

Dermatology resources: The UB Libraries also have additional dermatology books. ClinicalKey and AccessMedicine are good places to look. To find dermatology journals, go to the Journals part of our website to search or browse.


VisualDx is a clinical decision support tool with 45,000 images of medical conditions and a differential diagnosis builder with 3,500 diagnoses. VisualDx is a leading skin of color atlas, and around a third of the images are skin type IV, V, or VI on the Fitzpatrick scale.

VisualDx offers a customized differential builder with guided workup and DDx strength indicator. Input a symptom, medication, or diagnosis in the search box or use the quick start differential builder to build a differential by the most common chief complaints by specialty. The specialties are: Dermatology, Ophthalmology, ENT/Oral Medicine, Cardiac/Pulmonary, Neurology/Psychiatry, Genitourinary, and Gastrointestinal. Change the sex and age of the patient and filter images by body location, skin type, and stage of disease. Click on a diagnosis to view a quick summary, the full article, or images associated with the diagnosis. Expert content includes a synopsis, ICD codes, what to look for, diagnostic pearls, differential diagnosis & pitfalls, best tests, management pearls, therapy, associated medications, and references. Links to related content from UpToDate and PubMed are also available.

Medical students may want to explore LearnDerm, a self-study dermatology education resource that consists of 5 interactive lessons to help build a solid foundation in essential terminology and improve pattern recognition skills. The LearnDerm Tutorial covers the basic skin exam, lesion types, distribution and body location, configurations, and an introduction to disease variation.

Check out VisualDx's Tutorials page to learn more about how to use this powerful resource.

Electronic Books

Electronic book access: Click the hyperlinked title to access the book through the University at Buffalo Libraries. Log in with your UBIT name and password if you are off campus.


Black & Brown Skin (formerly called Brown Skin Matters) - Reference photos of dermatological conditions on non-white skin. Go to the conditions drop down menu to select from head and neck, chest, abdomen, upper limb, and lower limb.

Interactive Dermatology Atlas - Create a free account to use Case Mode or Quiz Mode. Use the Main Atlas without an account. To search, input information about the Diagnosis, Lesion Characteristics, Patient Demographics, or Treatments.

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology Skin of Color Image Atlas - Filter atlas images or click on a topic to see images that relate to that topic.

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD) The Full Spectrum of Dermatology: A Diverse and Inclusive Atlas - Browse over 110 conditions. Locate images that can be used for free for non-commercial educational purposes.

Mind the Gap - A clinical handbook of signs and symptoms in Black and Brown skin.

Skin Deep - Open-access bank of high-quality photographs of medical conditions in a range of skin tones. Browse skin pictures or search search by description, diagnoses, or body part. You can also view Diagnoses A-Z.

Skin of Color Society Dermatology Resources - Includes a list of Skin of Color textbooks and educational videos.

The University of New Mexico Photo Gallery of Skin Conditions - Select a condition to see a photo gallery.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dermatology Image Library - Select a category and then a condition.

Electronic Books

Electronic book access: Click the hyperlinked title to access the book through the University at Buffalo Libraries. Log in with your UBIT name and password if you are off campus.