Olive skin

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Olive-skinned women in Orihuela, Spain.
1784 map on a Mercator projection by Robert de Vaugondy: Whites/Blancs (green), Browns/Bruns (red), Yellows/Jaunâtres (yellow), Olives/Olivâtres/ (light green)

Olive skin describes a skin color spectrum that is frequent among populations from the Mediterranean (Southern Europe, the Levant, North Africa), the Middle East, Latin America, and the northern Indian subcontinent (North India, Pakistan and Nepal).[1][2]

Olive skin is often associated with coloration in the Type IV to Type V range of the Fitzpatrick scale.[3] It corresponds with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern skin tones and ranges from pale olive or yellowish-olive to moderate brown to dark brown.[4][5][6][7] This skin tone is minimally reactive to ultraviolet radiation, rarely or very rarely burns, and tans quite easily.[3]

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  1. ^ Spears, Arthur K. (1999). "Race and Ideology: An Introduction". In Spears, Arthur K. Race and Ideology: Language, Symbolism, and Popular Culture. African American Life Series. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. p. 18. ISBN 9780814324547. OCLC 41885781. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Paul Carniol, Neil S. Sadick (2013). Clinical Procedures in Laser Skin Rejuvenation. CRC Press. p. 14. ISBN 1420091395. 
  3. ^ a b Courtin-Clarins, Olivier (2007). The Courtin Concept: Six Keys to Great Skin at Any Age. Addicus Books. p. 103. ISBN 1886039860. 
  4. ^ Kligman, A.M. (2008). Diagnosis of Aging Skin Diseases. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 13. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Kidd, Jemma (2013). Jemma Kidd Make-Up Masterclass. Aurum Press. p. 46. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Pfenninger, John L. (2001). Dermatologic and Cosmetic Procedures in Office Practice. Elsevier Health Sciences. 
  7. ^ "The Fitzpatrick Skin Type Classification Scale". Skin Inc. (November 2007). Retrieved 7 January 2014.