To Study the Different Patterns of Facial Pigmentary Demarcation Lines
*Correspondence: Hemadharshini, Department of Dermatology Venereology and Leprosy, Sree Balaji Medical College & Hospital Affiliated to Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research, India, Email:
In our study, out of 150 patients with Facial PDL majority of cases were Females (87.3%) and only few males (12.7%), among the Females, Facial PDL Type F was the most common followed by Type H and Type G. There is an association between Facial Pigmentary Demarcation Lines Type F based on gender. In this study more than one type of Facial PDL exists in females, which is Type F+ H and Type G+ H and 36 (24%) cases had periorbital melanosis along with facial pigmentary demarcation lines as shown in Table. Group F PDL may present as Periorbital melanosis.
Facial pigmentary, Demarcation lines.
Pigmentary Demarcation Lines are physiological abrupt transition lines between hyperpigmented skin and lighter areas. These are sharply demarcated lines that occur on different parts of the body. They have been considered as an atavistic / ancestral remnant where, the skin over back is pigmented more than in the front, providing better sun protection. One should have a clear idea about variations in normal skin colour to understand abnormal skin discolorations.
Pigmentation is usually considered as an adaptative response of humans to environmental conditions, especially ultraviolet light. Skin pigmentation shows interesting variations in-between different races rn an ethnic subpopulation. The natural color of a person's skin differs among races. Females have a lighter color than males.
The distribution of melanin (the pigment responsible for human skin colour) is also uneven in a given race, for e.g., in Europeans the upper thigh is darker than the lower back (lightest area). Some darkly pigmented areas are regarded as normal, such as the elbows, knees, knuckles, genital area Pigmentary demarcation lines are deep line that bifurcate the hyperpigmented skin from the lighter area which is found at any part of the body.
So far, eight pigmentary demarcation lines have been described and categorized according to the letters A-H. Five types (A-E) occur on different parts of the body. Three facial patterns (F-H) have been commonly described in the skin of Indians. Their appearance is distinctive enough to be recognized as a common variant of normal pigmentation in the Indian sub-population [1-2].
Hence this study aims to analyse the different patterns of facial pigmentary demarcation lines in patients attending dermatology outpatient department at Sree Balaji Medical College & Hospital.
This study will include 150 patients with facial Pigmentary Demarcation Lines attending the outpatient department of Dermatology and Venereology in Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital in the period of 2014 to 2016, after written informed consent.
Prospective, Observational, Single point study.
Patients of all ages with facial pigmentary demarcation lines.
- Patients who refused to give consent will be excluded from the study. Patients with chronic debilitating diseases
- Patients receiving psychotropic drugs
- A questionnaire will be used to record the name, age, sex, detailed history of the complaints, exposure to sunlight, use of cosmetics, family history, drug history and other associated symptoms.
Then each patient will undergo detailed general physical, systemic and dermatological examination. The diagnosis of facial pitntary demarcation line and its type will be noted. Photographs will be taken for documentation.
This study was undertaken after obtaining from the ethical committee of SBMCH. The consent from (Voluntary Consent by The Participant), Certification of Informed Consent, proforma and the master chart are enclosed in annexure 1,2,3 & 4 respectively.
A Prospective, observational, single point study on different types of Facial pigmentary demarcation lines was carried out. Statistical methods are the mathematical techniques used to facilitate the interpretation of numerical data secured from groups of individuals or groups of observations. The statistical tool applied for the present study is Frequency, cross tabulation, and Chi-square test. These set of tests or techniques helped to find out the variability and to describe quantitatively the degree of relationship existing between measures of different characteristics. Appropriate graphs like bar diagrams, pie charts, box and whiskers plots were used to display the data.
Figure 1 depicts the distribution of facial pigmentary demarcation lines F, G, H according to age. Among the 150-case included in the study 36 (24%) cases had Periorbital melanosis along with pigmentary demarcation lines. In our study, among the Females, Facial PDL Type F was the most common followed by Type H and Type G and among the males, Type G is more common followed by Type F and Type H. Among the 150-cases, 19 (12.7%) are male and 131 (87.3%) are female respondents. So, majority of the respondents are female (Table 1). Among the 150 cases, 36 (24%) cases had Periorbital melanosis along with facial pigmentary demarcation lines (Table 2).
Table 1: Shows distribution of cases according to gender (N=lS0).
|Gender||Number of cases||Percentage|
Table 2: Shows distribution of cases according to periorbital melanosis (N=lS0).
|Periorbital melanosis||Number of cases||Percentage|
Figure 1: Distribution of facial pigmentary demarcation lines F, G, H.
In our study, out of 150 patients with Facial PDL majority of cases were Females (87.3%) and only few males (12.7%) from this we can confirm that hormonal influence can be one of the reasons also majority of the cases were between the age group of 25 to 55 years. These results are contradicting a similar study done by Scott et al. . PDL can present even at the younger age, but can will go unnoticed later will progress by some triggering factor such as hormones [4-10]. More than one type such as Type F+H and G+H were noted among females, amongst which Type F+H were found to be high in this study also 24% of cases had Periorbital melanosis.
In this study we observed, the different patterns of facial pigmentary demarcation lines, which are of 3 types F, G & H in both males and females. We found that majority were Females (87.3%) than Males (12.7%) Majority of them were between the ages of 25 to 55. In Females, Type F was the most common type, followed by Type H and then Type G. In Males majority were of G type followed by Type F and then Type H. More than one type such as Type F+H and G+H were noted among females, amongst which Type F+H were found to be high. No such overlap was found in males. In our study 24% of cases had Periorbital melanosis.
No funding sources.
The study was approved by the Institutional Ethics Committee.
Conflict of Interest
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
The encouragement and support from Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, is gratefully acknowledged. For provided the laboratory facilities to carry out the research work.
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