The Top Esthetic Treatments for Skin of Color


During her session "Diversity Esthetics," Pamela Springer spoke to Face & Body Southeast attendees about the top esthetic treatments for skin of color.

According to Springer, these top treatments include:

  • Chemical peels
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Dermaplaning
  • Derma roller and micro needling 
  • LED (Light Emitting Diode)

Springer urged her class to become familiar with common and uncommon skin conditions in skin of color. 

Dry Skin

  • Pores are small
  • Skin does not shine
  • Matte appearance
  • Tightness or peeling

Dry skin active ingredients:

  • Antioxidant serum: vitamin A, C and E
  • Topical EFA
  • Alpha lipoic acid
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Ceramides
  • Enzymes

Oily Skin

  • Dull, shiny appearance
  • Coarse texture
  • Thicker skin
  • Enlarged pores 
  • Prone to blackheads, pimples or other blemishes

Active ingredients for oily skin:

  • Dimethicone
  • Kaolin Clay
  • Glycolic
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Niacinamide
  • Retinol
  • Salicylic acid

Sensitive skin/rosacea

This is a common disorder of Caucasians but is a challenge in skins of color because it is often not recognized. 

Active ingredients for sensitive skin:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Ceramide
  • COQ10
  • Green tea extract
  • Centella Asiatica, also known as cica
  • Niacinamide

Recommended ingredients for hyperpigmentation:

  • Hydroquinone
  • Kojic acid
  • Arbutin
  • Vitamin C
  • Retinol
  • Niacinamide
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