Ethnic skin / darker-skinned persons; African, Latin, Hispanic, Native American, Indian, Middle Eastern, Asian ancestry and people of mixed ethnicities.
Darker 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.
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.
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.