Laser and Light Therapy
There is a myth that skin of color patients cannot receive some of the leading cosmetic treatments due to their skin pigment. The key is seeing an board certified dermatologists who is specifically trained to treat skin of color. There are differences that a medically trained physician will know to ensure an optimal outcome.
Patients with darker skin should be aware of lasers due to the types of lights that are used to treat vascular lesions and are absorbed by the melanin in darker skin. This may cause reactions to the skin such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, edema and erythema.
Chemical peels are skin treatments used to correct skin problems ranging from acne to discoloration and it can be very effective treatments when performed by dermatologists who understand how to treat skin of color.