Skin that contains increased levels of melanin requires special consideration and treatment. Dermatology has never been a “one size fits all” practice, and our clients with a range of black and brown skin deserve the specific expertise designed to diagnose and treat conditions that affect their beautiful dark skin.
We treat skin for African Americans in every shade range. Our clients have ethnicities that represent all the corners of the world, including the Hispanic, Latinx, East or West Indian, African, South American, or anyone else with unique levels of melanin in their skin. Because of how skin reacts to treatment, it is highly likely that more guarded or aggressive treatments may be necessary. For conditions like psoriasis, mole removal, or acne treatment, medications may have different impacts on African American, Hispanic, Indian, Native, or Latinx skin.
Our doctors have spent time studying the specific requirements inherent to dark skin dermatology. We treat the following common skin conditions, as well as others that may not be listed here. Your best course of action is to call and speak with one of our expert staffers to schedule a consultation.
Acne in dark skin requires more aggressive treatment as it is more likely to leave marks in the skin – called hyperpigmentation. We treat it longer, and with more aggressive medications. We choose creams and treatments that can help lighten the brown spots caused by hyperpigmentation and may prescribe light acne peels and other types of solutions unique to dark skin.
Hair removal using a laser is a specialized treatment for our patients with dark skin. At Minars Dermatology, we have invested in a laser and training that was created specifically for treating hair removal in dark skin. This is a completely different laser than the equipment we use on light/white skin and requires specialized focus. We’re proud to treat all who come to us for laser hair removal with these special tools. Most dermatology offices only have one laser available.
Whether you suffer from razor bumps on your face (called PFB or pseudofolliculitis barbae), on the legs, or in the underarm or bikini area, the coarse nature of hair in our darker-skinned patients makes this much more common. Treating razor bumps on dark skin patients requires specialized knowledge of how their body features and chemistry work together to cause problems that we can solve with specialized treatment.
Acne Keloidalis Nuchae is a condition seen primarily in African American men on the back of their scalp and/or nape of the neck. This is a type of folliculitis or inflammation of the hair follicle. Treatment should be sought as AKN usually begins with small itchy bumps that can form around the hairline along the back of the neck. Untreated the bumps can become scars and the hair will fall out. Those scars could eventually enlarge and become keloids, or raised bumpy scars.
Treatment for AKN varies in degree depending upon the severity of the case. We might use laser and/or medications, and even surgery in severe cases.
Keloids are a type of rough raised scar that can occur on the skin as an injury or blemish heals. They develop when scar tissue continues to generate even after the healing process on the skin has completed. They are more common in people of African, Asian, and Hispanic descent – those with darker skin.
Large keloids can be quite bothersome, and unsightly. They can be treated though, and our team here at Minars Dermatology sees them frequently. We may choose to treat with corticosteroid injections, cryotherapy, or laser treatment. A keloid can also be removed by surgery if necessary.
The team at Minars Dermatology have all been trained throughout their education and careers to treating brown and black-skinned patients with the treatments and solutions best for their specific situation. If you’d like to make an appointment for a consultation – we’d love to see you.
Dr. Wu, Dr. Minars, and Marianna Helin, AFNP are just a few of our staff dedicated to creating positive outcomes on brown or black skin. Give them a call today!
Todd Minars, MD
– Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, University of Miami School of Medicine
– Former Chief Resident in Dermatology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Timothy Wu, MD
– NYU School of Medicine, University of Miami – Dermatology Residency. Board Certified Dermatologist
– University of California, Berkeley – BA in Biology (with honors)
Marianna Helin, ARNP
– Marianna comes to us from MIT where she practiced dermatology for years.
– She has over 10+ years of experience in dermatology as a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner.
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