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AAD Looks at Treatments for Conditions Targeting Those with Darker Skin Tones

Posted: September 30, 2009

A presentation at the American Academy of Dermatology's recent summer meeting discussed some of the unique aspects of caring for darker skin tones, as well as the effectiveness of some treatments.

As people age, brown spots and splotchy skin are all too often a fact of life. But for people with darker skin, changes in pigmentation can occur without warning at any age and can be very difficult to treat. Fortunately, dermatologists can help people with skin of color diagnose and treat bothersome pigmentation problems.

At the American Academy of Dermatology’s Summer Academy Meeting 2009 in Boston, dermatologist Jonith Y. Breadon, MD, FAAD, co-chair of Dermasurgery at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, discussed pigmentation problems that occur more frequently in darker-skinned patients and how early diagnosis is key to stopping the progression of these skin conditions.

“Even though people with skin of color have less moles and experience less premature aging from the sun than lighter-skinned individuals, in some ways their darker pigmentation makes their skin more vulnerable to other skin problems,” said Dr. Breadon. “While these skin discolorations can be stubborn, there are treatments that offer noticeable improvement.”

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