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AAD Discusses the Benefits of Customized Skin Care

Posted: December 3, 2009

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Because skin of color is more prone to discoloration and slow healing and scarring from trauma, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal stressed that sunscreen should be used vigilantly by people of color to prevent further sun damage and hyperpigmentation. She suggested that micronized zinc or titanium-based sunscreens will provide the most effective protection.

“People of color, especially those with darker skin tones, mistakenly believe that they don’t need to use sunscreen since they generally don’t sunburn,” said Dr. Badreshia-Bansal. “The fact is that sun damage still occurs in people of color, which can be very difficult to correct. More importantly, studies show that skin cancer is even more life-threatening when it develops in this population because people with skin of color often ignore the early warning signs – thinking they are not at risk.”

In addition, skin-lightening products can help lighten discolorations, such as a thin film of kojic acid or a cream containing hydroquinone. However, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal cautioned that patients should be careful not to over-irritate the skin with these products, which can worsen discoloration and acne, particularly in skin of color.

Regardless of skin type, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal finds that a few simple skin care tips can be beneficial in improving the overall appearance and health of the skin. “I recommend keeping the skin care routine very simple, being very gentle with your skin, and avoid irritating, over-washing and over-scrubbing the face,” said Dr. Badreshia-Bansal. “Finding moisturizers that contain sunscreen in a single combination product does the job of two products and are excellent for all skin types. The key is to find the skin care routine and appropriate products that work the best for your individual skin type, which is where your dermatologist or skin care professional can help get you started.”

For more information on improving the appearance of your skin, go to the “AgingSkinNet” section of, a Web site developed by dermatologists that provides patients with up-to-date information on the treatment and management of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.