Cinderella Dermatosis

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A fanciful synonym for erythema dyschronicum perstans—ashy dermatosis—a term originating from its analogy to Cinderella, who cleaned up the ashes for her step family


fairy-tale character oppressed by her stepfamily until she magically attends a ball and ultimately marries a prince.
Cinderella complex - fear of being independent causes unconscious desire to be taken care of by others.
Cinderella syndrome - false accusations made by adopted children of being mistreated or neglected by their stepmothers.
Cinderella dermatosis - skin disease characterized by ash-gray macules occurring most often on palms, extremities, buttocks, and scalp.
Cinderella stepmother syndrome - overcompensation by a stepmother in an effort to be accepted into new family.