Paintball: dermatologic injuries

Cutis. 2007 Jul;80(1):49-50.


The popularity of paintball as an extreme sport has gained momentum in recent years. Injuries related to paintball are growing as the number of participants increases. An increasing percentage of paintball-related injuries have occurred in noncommercial settings, such as backyards. We report distinctive follicular stippling and annular scars resulting from paintball injuries in 2 males. Dermatologists may encounter paintball-related injuries during routinely scheduled visits for acne or nevi surveillance. Patients should be verbally reminded to use protective gear to prevent injuries.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / complications*
  • Cicatrix / etiology
  • Cicatrix / pathology*
  • Foreign Bodies / pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Paint*
  • Play and Playthings / injuries
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / etiology
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / pathology*