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Contact vitiligo induced by rubber ear loops from a disposable sanitary mask Volume 28, issue 5, September-October 2018

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1 Department of Dermatology, St. Vincent's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Suwon, Korea
2 Department of Dermatology, Bucheon St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Bucheon, Korea

Contact vitiligo is an acquired form of skin depigmentation caused by certain chemicals that are toxic to melanocytes, including aromatic or aliphatic derivatives of phenols and catechols [1]. Environmental factors or chemicals inhibit tyrosinase and subsequently induce stress within melanocytes, initiating or exacerbating the autoimmunity associated with vitiligo. However, the precise aetiology of the condition remains unknown. Moreover, even the terminology varies, and the condition is termed “contact [...]