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 is a human skin color spectrum. It is often associated with pigmentation in the Type IV to Type V range of the Fitzpatrick scale.[1]

Type IV coloration is frequent among populations from the Mediterranean and parts of Latin America.[2] It corresponds with moderate brown, typical Mediterranean skin tones.[3] This skin tone rarely burns and always tans well.[4]

Type V coloration is frequent among populations from the Middle East,[3] the Mediterranean,[1] parts of Latin America, parts of Africa,[2] and the Indian subcontinent.[5] It corresponds with dark brown, Middle Eastern skin tones.[3] This skin tone is minimally reactive to ultraviolet radiation, rarely or very rarely burns, and tans quite easily.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Pfenninger, John L. (2001). Dermatologic and Cosmetic Procedures in Office Practice. Elsevier Health Sciences. 
  2. ^ a b "Fact Sheet on Solar Radiation and Skin Cancer" (PDF). Cancer Association of South Africa. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Fitzpatrick Skin Type Classification Scale". Skin Inc. (November 2007). Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Fitzpatrick Skin Type" (PDF). Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Robyn Lucas, Tony McMichael, Wayne Smith, Bruce Armstrong, World Health Organization (2006). "Solar Ultraviolet Radiation - Global burden of disease from solar ultraviolet radiation" (PDF). Environmental Burden of Disease Series (13): 13. Retrieved 7 August 2014.