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For BIPOC People, Bias is a Barrier to Treatment for Skin Conditions

When Aisha, a Pakistani-Canadian woman who has brown skin, went to see doctors to try and figure out what was causing her skin irritation, doctors told her that she had dry skin and dandruff, a common condition that causes skin on the scalp to flake.

Aisha tried the shampoo that doctors prescribed her, but it did not help her symptoms. Her skin has since developed red patches, and she is still researching other conditions she may have. “[The doctors] tried to figure it out, but they dismissed my concerns that it may be psoriasis,” Aisha told The Mighty.

The dismissal Aisha faced when trying to get tested for skin conditions is not uncommon for people with black and brown skin.

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