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.
As one of the top dermatologist for African American skin in Hollywood, FL we offer treatment for patients 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 dark 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 nearby dermatologists for black skin 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.
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Acne in dark skin is caused by the same triggers as acne in lighter skin, including hygiene, hormones, diet, stress, skincare products, and more. The biggest different is with treating acne in black skin. Dark skin acne treatment often requires more aggressive treatment as it is more likely to leave marks in the skin – called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Acne causes inflammation in the skin, and this inflammation triggers skin to release more melanin which can then cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that can appear on the skin for longer than the acne itself. According to Harvard Medical School, hyperpigmentation is “more likely to occur in people with darker skin.”
The best way to treat dark skin acne is to treat it for a longer period of time, and with more aggressive medications. At Minars, we often recommend benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or retinol to treat the acne itself. We also use bleaching creams for hyperpigmentation and other dark skin acne 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.
Melasma is a sin condition that is often confused with hyperpigmentation, and many people wonder “what is the difference between melasma vs hyperpigmentation”? The main difference lies in the cause of these two skin conditions. While hyperpigmentation is cause by a release of melanin in the skin due to inflammation, melasma is cause by hormonal changes in the body.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, “Melasma develops more frequently in these skin tones than in lighter skin tones. You’re more likely to develop melasma if you are a woman of Latin, Asian, Black, or Native American heritage.”
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 for dark skin 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.
“I was recommended to this Dermatology office. They have many doctors and I was a little hesitant because it was so big. What I did find out was each doctor has their own expertise and can help you with anything you need or want. The office is very clean and their staff welcomes you from the time you walk in for your appointment as well as when you leave after seeing your doctor. Their staff is awesome. The doctors are wonderful as well. I would recommend them to anyone that was in need of a Dermatologist or the multiple of doctors on staff to fill your needs. It is such a pleasure these days to be treated with kindness and promptness in a doctors office. Thank you all…”
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)
Shailee Patel, M.D.
– University of Miami Miller School of Medicine– Board Certified Dermatologist and Cutaneous Surgeon
– University of Miami, president of the American Medical Student Association
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