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Only on SkinInc.com: Are You Providing the Best Level of Care for Ethnic Skin?

Posted: March 7, 2012

Ethnic skin care specialist Juliette Samuel explains the most important issues when working with darker skin types, and provides tips and tricks for working with ethnic skin.

Although it might seem that daily skin care is a normal routine for most, it hasn’t always been an important factor when caring for skin of color/ethnic skin. Affordability and lack of knowledge have played crucial roles in this lack of knowledge.

Most people show up at a skin care facility after a crisis has occurred with their skin. Typically acne, skin discoloration or keloids are what bring African-Americans to a skin care professional. It becomes important because their appearance is now affected by the skin’s challenge.

Many factors affect the health of a client's skin. When treating the skin of African-Americans or people of color, diagnosing the skin type and condition can cause potential problems because of the variations of the skin's color. In general, the darker the skin's color, the more prone it is to mask or accentuate the problems of the skin. Keloids, thick scars, uneven skin tone/hyperpigmentation are more visible in darker skin.

How do you work with ethnic skin?

Because of the heavy concentrations of dead cells on the surface of dark skin, it has a tendency to reflect light and often gives the skin an ashy appearance. The skin requires care and a skin care regimen should be followed every day at home. At minimum, a professional treatment by a skin care professional should take place once a month.