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Digital skin: The impact of modern‐day photograph filtering applications on children with skin diseases

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Photograph editing has been present for centuries, but the past decade has seen an unprecedented rise in the practice, particularly on social media platforms. Common filters are able to soften complexion, remove blemishes, and even reshape facial features. Children and adolescents with skin conditions may find solace in using these applications to mask their disease online, but there is increasing concern about negative overall body image among those who filter their photographs. Pediatric dermatologists should remain aware of the practice of photograph editing among young people and consider asking patients about their social media presence.
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Keywords: Social media; pediatric dermatology; photograph filtering; quality of life

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2020

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