Their are distinct differences in hair and skin structure between different ethnicities. The following table highlights some of these differences.
Because of these differences, some conditions, such as acne, razor bumps, pigmentation disorders, keloid scarring etc. present more frequently in people with darker skin. In addition, because the structure of the skin is different, some skin disorders will appear differently and are often harder to diagnose.
What might look red in light skin often looks purple in darker skin. This creates difficulty in establishing a correct diagnosis which can only be mastered with experience.
We understand your skin.
We have worked with experts in India, Howard University in Washington, DC and others throughout the USA
Based on this extensive global experience, Dr. Singh has equipped AvantDerm with the most advanced lasers that can safely and effectively treat all skin types. No longer are bleaching creams and sunscreens the only option. No longer will people with darker skin types be turned away for laser hair removal.
At AvantDerm, we have the right technology and the right skills to bring Toronto at par with the rest of the world.
Reasons People Visit Ethnic Skin Centres
- Pigmentary disorders
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Fungal Infection
- Tinea Versicolour
- Razor Bumps
Acne is the most common reason for patients visiting an ethnic skin dermatologist. Acne, however, presents differently in different people based on their skin type. As your skin gets darker, acne is less likely to present with red bumps or juicy pustules (pimples). It is more likely that you will have oily skin, blackheads and whiteheads, and most importantly, these blemishes will leave behind dark spots or hyperpigmentation.
People with darker skin are also more prone to dryness and irritation when using prescription creams which means they are less likely to adhere to the treatment plan. The pigmentation is often the most distressing element of the disease, as it can take months to years for it to resolve.
People care less about the acne, they care more about the dark marks left behind. Lasers can now be used safely and effectively to treat the dark marks left behind. Dermatologists that truly understand how acne presents in darker skin types can offer these advanced treatments.
Razor BumpsPseudofolliculitis Barbae
As described above, the hair follicles in black skin are curved. When the hair is shaved, the sharp point can penetrate the skin internally or it can exit from the skin, curl on itself, and penetrate through the surface of the skin. This causes inflammation resulting in bumps.
Laser hair removal has revolutionized treatment for this condition. Past options included growing a beard, shaving with a specific technique, or electrolysis. Laser hair removal is extremely effective in treating unwanted or misbehaving hair.
Lasers function like a flashlight shining on the skin. The light energy is absorbed by the dark pigment at the base of the hair which gets heated up and this damages the surrounding hair follicle, causing it to no longer function.
The obvious problem is that if your skin is darker, the pigment in your skin will compete with the hair and try to absorb the laser energy. If this happens, the skin can heat up and blister or burn, resulting in pigmentation changes or scarring. Ethnic skin dermatologists understand this. We don't refuse to treat people because of this risk. Instead, we use the most advanced lasers that target pigment below the surface of the skin and we cool the surface of the skin so that it does not become hot enough to blister or burn. The proper equipment, when used in expert hands, can safely treat many disorders in a very effective way.