Olive skin

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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 Southern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Central Asia, Latin America, and parts of Africa and the Indian subcontinent.[1][2]

Olive skin is often associated with coloration in the Type V range of the Fitzpatrick scale.[3] It corresponds with dark brown, Middle Eastern skin types.[4] This skin type is minimally reactive to ultraviolet radiation, 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. ^ "The Fitzpatrick Skin Type Classification Scale". Skin Inc. (November 2007). Retrieved 7 January 2014.