Treating Acne and Hyperpigmentation on African American Skin
Treating African American skin can be one of the trickiest skin problems to encounter for skin care professionals. As you can see in the before picture, this client needed really aggressive peels and home care in order to get the acne and the resulting severe hyperpigmentation under control. However, we needed to be extremely careful not to make her pigmentation worse.
The darker the skin is, the more “active” the melanocytes are. These are the cells in the dermis that create pigment. They are just waiting for any kind of stimulation in the way of picking, rubbing, heat, acne, or just about anything to form more pigment. So, in treating this color of skin, we had to be extremely careful to go very slowly in getting her skin used to products.
If the wrong strength of products are used, the skin can turn very dark and the client will most likely get very upset. Example below:
When custom-designing a home care regimen for your clients of color, it's crucial to err on the side of caution and be more conserative in your product choices and protocol than you would for Caucasian skin. That takes knowing how to test the skin for sensitivity and giving them the most appropriate choices.
We use products that include vitamin A, L-mandelic, and benzoyl peroxide in a systematic way to exfoliate the skin, keep the acne from forming, and lift the hyperpigmentation. Here is her progress picture - acne gone, hyperpigmentation lifting:
Proven Strategies for Treating Acne online course for acne specialists goes into detail about analyzing the skin correctly and instructing you to use the most appropriate products and strengths of products for darker skin types.
©2017 Face Reality Acne Clinic