Guidelines for measurement of skin colour and erythema. A report from the Standardization Group of the European Society of Contact Dermatitis

Contact Dermatitis. 1996 Jul;35(1):1-10. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0536.1996.tb02258.x.


This report reviews individual-related variables (age, sex, race, anatomical site, skin surface properties), intra- and interindividual variation (temporal, physical and mental activity, orthostatic effect, menstrual cycle/menopause), environment-related variables (light conditions, temperature) and various instrument-related variables that influence skin colour. CIE colorimetry (Minolta Chroma Meter) and spectrophotometric measurement (Derma Spectrometer) are considered. The guidelines give recommendations for measuring conditions and procedures.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Colorimetry / instrumentation
  • Colorimetry / methods
  • Dermatitis, Allergic Contact / diagnosis*
  • Dermatitis, Allergic Contact / pathology
  • Erythema / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patch Tests / methods*
  • Reference Standards
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Spectrophotometry / instrumentation
  • Spectrophotometry / methods