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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1

Pigmentary Disorders Society and Pigment International: The need of the hour!

Department of Dermatology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication26-Jun-2014

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Rashmi Sarkar
Department of Dermatology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/2349-5847.135416

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Sarkar R. Pigmentary Disorders Society and Pigment International: The need of the hour!. Pigment Int 2014;1:1

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Sarkar R. Pigmentary Disorders Society and Pigment International: The need of the hour!. Pigment Int [serial online] 2014 [cited 2022 Dec 7];1:1. Available from: https://www.pigmentinternational.com/text.asp?2014/1/1/1/135416

Way back in 2000, pigmentary disorders were found to be the third most commonly cited skin disorder in a large outpatient clinic among dark-skinned patients. [1] Pigmentary disorders still form one of the leading five skin conditions seen by the dermatologist in Asia. In Asia and especially India, there is an obsession to looking fairer, and this greatly affects a woman's marital prospects and social standing. Studies have shown that pigmentary disorders can affect a person emotionally and psychologically and also severely affect a patient's health-related quality-of-life. [2] Fairness creams of various doubtful ingredients are undoubtedly, the leading cosmetic product sold in our country and perhaps all those countries, which have a dark-skinned population. We have had several leading articles in newspapers, journals and magazines warning the public against misusing these products and their complications. However, the public still uses these skin-lightening creams. [3] A scientific understanding and approach to using skin-lightening cosmeceuticals would be of great importance. [4] There has been much focus on vitiligo in India and globally and this has led to setting up of various dermatological societies. However, surprisingly, melasma, and hyperpigmentary disorders have not got the same importance. My research into melasma and hyperpigmentary disorders made me dream of founding a dermatological society in India devoted to the entire spectrum of pigmentary disorders with a global reach. And hence, in 2012 was formed the Pigmentary Disorders Society (PDS) with experts from the length and breadth of the country, a National and International Advisory Board.

As the society took its infantile steps in gaining recognition by holding conferences and meetings, we realized that there are very few dermatologic journals devoted only to pigmentary disorders. There is the Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research Journal, with a very high impact factor, but that has some wonderful basic research. What was the need of the hour was a pigment journal devoted to clinical aspects of pigmentary disorders, something which is our clinical expertise in India. This took form in a journal called "Pigment International," the official journal of PDS, which aimed to reach worldwide. This has started as an online journal, and I hope this fills up the lacunae in our understanding of pigmentary disorders. This journal will bring together Indian and international experts to delineate common and uncommon pigmentary diseases. It will present a wide array of articles in the form of original studies, review articles, case reports and letters to the editor as well as a resident's page. We are delighted that Professor D. M. Thappa, former Editor-in-Chief of the widely read Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology has taken over as our first Editor-in-Chief and will no doubt escalate the journal to great heights. We hope this all-encompassing journal bridges the gaps between clinical and experimental pigmentary dermatology.

As the Chief Founder of Pigmentary Disorders Society and Managing Editor of Pigment International journal, I wish you all happy reading and learning.

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1.Halder RM, Grimes PE, McLaurin CI, Kress MA, Kenney JA Jr. Incidence of common dermatoses in a predominantly black dermatologic practice. Cutis 1983;32:388, 390.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Taylor A, Pawaskar M, Taylor SL, Balkrishnan R, Feldman SR. Prevalence of pigmentary disorders and their impact on quality of life: A prospective cohort study. J Cosmet Dermatol 2008;7:164-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Sarkar R. How the pigmentary disorders society was born. Pigment Bull 2012;1:1-2.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Sarkar R, Arora P, Garg VK. Cosmeceuticals for hyperpigmentation: What is available? J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2013;6:4-11.  Back to cited text no. 4
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