Ethnic and Darker Skinned People

Ethnic skin / darker-skinned persons include but are not limited to ethnic backgrounds of African, Latin, Hispanic, Italian, Native American, Indian, Middle Eastern, Asian ancestry and people of mixed ethnicities.

Peels are a great option for treating acne, scars, hyperpigmentation (brown spots) and wrinkles for all skin colors, especially darker skin tones.

Ethnic skin treatments scottsdaleDarker skin tones describe a range of skin colors from black to brown, olive to yellow, or tanned white skin. I like to call them Skin of Color (SOC). Ethnic skin’s melanin production provides considerable protection from sun damage and photoaging. However, ethnic skin tones have more melanin related skin problems.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) caused by pimples, burns, scratches or other minor skin traumas triggers excess melanin production.

This leaves behind a dark patch that can last for months or even permanently. Sometimes skin trauma can cause hypopigmentation or “white spots” that are permanent.

Ethnic Skin

Acne and dark skin

Skin of color is more susceptible to acne because it tends to contain more sebaceous glands that are larger and produce more oil. It also typically has more skin shedding, increasing the likelihood of clogged pores.

Chemical peels, microdermabrasion, enzymes and proper at-home skin-care products are great treatment options for darker skin tones. Most quasi-medical or laser treatments are too invasive for SOC. No matter what your skin color is, always start conservatively with any skin-care treatment or product. It is easier to increase the strength gradually.

Retinoids, glycolic acids, salicylic acids and benzoyl peroxides can be effective in lightening pigmentation problems and getting Acne under control. When used incorrectly, they can cause significant dryness and irritation making the problem worse. They key is getting the right combination of products and appropriate treatments.as

Hyperpigmentation on darker skin tones

Ethnic skin’s melanin production provides considerable protection from sun damage and photoaging. However, it is still necessary to wear sunblock! Ethnic skin tones have more melanin blamed skin problems. Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) caused by pimples, burns, scratches or other minor skin traumas triggers excess melanin production. This leaves behind a dark patch that can last for months or even permanently. Skin trauma can cause Hypopigmentation or “white spots” that are permanent.

Key Tips For Ethnic Skincare

Rule #1. Seek professional advice!

Not the gal at Macy’s. She is not qualified to give skin care advice. Not the Spa. They may be Aestheticians but they are not medically trained nor equipped with treatments/products to work with PIH and Acne. Spa facials can actually make acne worse. No internet purchases! Even if it says the product was designed for Hyperpigmentation, Acne and/or ethnic skin do not buy. Not your girlfriend’s advice either. You are unique. You do not have the same skin as her. Even if you are seeing a Dermatologist, you need an Aesthetician to work in conjunction with your doctor. In the end, not seeking professional advice can be costly and very frustrating.

Rule #2. Use the right products!

Skincare products for black, Asian, or Hispanic skin can only be recommended by a trained professional. Department stores and over the counter products are not concentrated enough to correct problems. In addition, there are ingredients that can exacerbate acne and/or cause irritation. Just because it says oil free and non comedogenic does not mean it will not clog your pores. There are all different types of Acne and depending on what kind you have and your skin type, dictates which products will work best for you. A simple label that says “for Acne, Oily or Combination skin” is not always sufficient in correcting the problem. For example, when dealing with Acne, it’s not uncommon to be oily and dry at the same time. Typically we start using some sort of acid to reduce breakouts and then wind up getting so dry we need more moisturizer causing more breakouts. A vicious cycle that can be avoided.

Everyone’s skin is different. The best thing is to do is book a New Client Consult + Treatment to discuss and personalize your treatment with products to meet your individual needs.