Tips For Keeping Skin of Color Healthy and Looking Great


  1. Dark Spots
    • Dark spots have multiple different causes including sun damage, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and melasma. Skin of color is more prone to these common skin conditions.
    • Treatments for dark spots include procedures such as IPL, Microneedling and Peels.
    • OTC and Rx products can also help lighten these spots. These include:
      • SPF 30 or >
      • Hydroquinone
      • Cysteamine
      • Retinoids (tretinoin, adapalene, tazarotene or retinols)
      • Heliocare
      • Azelaic acid
      • Glycolic acid
      • Kojic acid
      • Vitamin C
  2. Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
    • Following injury to the skin, darker skin types are at a higher risk for dark spots on the skin known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and may last 6-8 months.
    • Common skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and burns often cause PIH.
    • Treatment of PIH starts with treatment of the underlying condition.
    • Fading the pigmentation can then be achieved with a combination of OTC and Rx topical products and treatments done in our office such as chemical peels and microneedling.
  3. Melasma
    • Melasma is a pattern of irregular dark patches primarily on the face, often on the forehead, upper lip, and cheeks but may be on other sun exposed areas as well.
    • Melasma is more common in women, skin of color, with exposure to hormones, ie. on oral contraceptive pill, pregnant or recently given birth.
    • Treatment is difficult and often requires multiple different approaches including daily sun protection with sunscreen and hats, Rx creams containing topical hydroquinone, OTC products, oral Rx and dietary supplements and in office treatments including peels, microneedeling and lasers.
    • Be careful! Laser treatments can sometimes worsen melasma due to the light and heat.
  4. Vitiligo
    • Vitiligo is a condition where depigmented (lighter) patches of skin form on various parts of the body.
    • The cause is unknown but thought to be an autoimmune and genetic condition.
    • While any skin tone can develop vitiligo, it is more noticeable in skin of color.
    • Treatment includes topical Rx medications and light therapy both prescribed by your dermatologist.
  5. Ingrown Hair & Razor Burn
    • Folliculitis or ingrown hairs is a common concern in all skin types, but are much more common for men and women with darker skin types and curly hair.
    • When hairs regrow and get trapped beneath the skin they form red, irritated bumps. In darker skin types as these bumps heal they leave dark pigmented spots, in lighter skin types often red marks.
    • Prevention is the best treatment for folliculitis. By making changes to shaving habits, ingrown hairs may often be avoided or minimized.
    • Your dermatologist may treat folliculitis with oral and/or topical antibiotics, steroid creams, topical retinoids, or laser treatments.


Microneedling for Melasma

Lasers are great for most pigment, however the heat they generate can potentially make melasma worse.

By contrast, microneedling mechanically breaks up the pigment and generates no such heat.

Through a series of clean, controlled micropunctures, microneedling is able to reach the deeper dermis that is affected by melasma. The healing mechanisms triggered essentially force the surrounding skin to make brand new skin that has not yet been agitated by hormones or the sun.

Best results are seen when cosmeceutical grade skin lightening agents are applied post procedure to penetrate into these micro channels.

Call today to schedule a consultation with our aesthetician, Katie, to discuss treatment options for your melasma!


The Perfect Derma™ Peel

The Perfect Derma™ Peel is safe, effective medium depth peel for all skin types and ethnicities. This product is virtually painless, with no pre-peel skin preparation and little downtime. The Perfect Derma™ Peel is the only peel that includes the powerful antioxidant Glutathione, which lightens and brightens the skin, slows down the aging process and helps prevent wrinkles.


  • Improve the overall clarity, tone and texture of the skin
  • Reduce or eliminate hyperpigmentation, sun damage and melasma
  • Improve acneic skin conditions and reduce acne scars
  • Stimulate the production of collagen, resulting in firmer, more youthful skin
  • Reduce the appearance of pore size

Tips-for-keeping-skin-of-color-healthy-and-looking-great Tips-for-keeping-skin-of-color-healthy-and-looking-great