People with pigmented skin (skin of color) comprise a diverse population of ethnic and racial backgrounds, including African-Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Asians, Indian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, as well as individuals of multiracial descent. People in these groups often face many misconceptions about the causes and treatments of their skin conditions. Finding accurate information can be a real challenge, and people may spend considerable financial resources on ineffective therapies that are more rooted in mythology than in evidence-based medicine.
Skin of color is special in many ways. For example, certain skin care products and treatments work best for specific skin colors and hair types, and others do not work well at all. Likewise, the actual appearance of certain skin conditions may differ by skin type, making the diagnostic process more challenging to providers unfamiliar with skin of color. Even the safety of certain dermatologic procedures varies across skin types. For these reasons, it’s important to seek a dermatologist with specific knowledge about skin of color, so safe and effective alternatives can be utilized.
DermOne affiliated providers are dedicated to serving individuals with skin of color. They have partnered with local and regional healthcare providers, professional medical organizations, and community groups to promote awareness of this important and still-emerging topic.
Conditions related to skin of color that your DermOne affiliated provider may treat include the following:
- Acne keloidalis
- Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia
- Dermatosis papulosa nigra
- Discoid lupus
- Nonmelanoma skin cancer
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- Pseudofolliculitis barbae
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Tinea capitis
- Traction alopecia