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Ethnic Skin Treatment

Ethnic Skin TreatmentHere at Florida Skin Center, we understand that everyones skin needs are unique, especially those of ethnic skin. Dr. Badia has been successfully treating patients with ethnic skin for the last ten years. At Florida Skin Center, we have a wide variety of treatment options including chemical peels, facials, products and therapies tailored for those individuals with darker skin types. If you have any questions about anything you read below please do not hesitate to call our office.

 

Stretch Marks

Vitiligo

Hyperpigmentation / Melasma

Scarring / Keloids

Dermatosis Papula Nigra (DPN) - Dark spots

Hair Loss

COMMON PROBLEMS WITH ETHNIC SKIN

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are common to all skin types but can be more pronounced in those of us with ethnic skin.  Although they can be stubborn to treat, we have great products at FSC that can help reduce the appearance and improve the texture of stretch marks. Below is a patient who used one of our products through our skincare line twice a day for eight weeks.

You can see definite improvement in the texture and creepiness of the skin as well as lightening of the stretch marks.

Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a skin condition where patches of skin lose their pigment. This condition can become embarrassing, especially for those with darker skin types because of the contrast of white patches against dark skin. Treatment options have come a long way for vitiligo and Florida Skin Center is proud to offer the newest treatments available for this condition. At FSC, we offer a variety of treatments including narrowband UVB therapy as well as Excimer Laser treatments and topical medications.  Vitiligo no longer has to be something you just have to live with.

Hyperpigmentation/Melasma

In skin types IV-VI any minor trauma to the skin such as a pimple or a minor cut or burn can cause dark marks on the skin. This is due to the melanin (what gives skin its color) stimulation that occurs from this trauma. Without treatment this discoloration can take months to fade. Treatment for this condition is generally prescription creams and chemical peels.

Laser Hair Removal: Below is one of your adult female patients who had a problem with discoloration around her chin and neck from tweezing and waxing.  This patient was treated with laser for hair removal. Not only did it help reduce her hair growth it also faded the discoloration she had around her hair follicles. The after picture is after one treatment.

Please be aware though. Not all lasers are created equal and work for all skin types.  At FSC, we have lasers that are safe and FDA approved to treat all types of skin.

Chemical Peels:  Chemical Peels are a great treatment option to treat discoloration and to even out skin tone.  Those of us with ethnic skin often have to deal with the marks and discoloration left after an acne breakout, minor cut or burn.  Chemical Peels are great ways to help get rid of these unwanted spots.  At, FSC we offer chemical peels that are great for all skin types.

 

The after picture was taken after the patient had a series of 3 chemical peels.

Products for Hyperpigmentation:

We do extensive research on all products that we carry in our office.  The following products are great to help reduce pigmentation on ethnic skin.

Lytera Skin Brightening Complex: Minimizes the appearance of skin discoloration and dark spots, improving the evenness of skin tone. Improvements seen as early as 4 weeks.

AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser: This facial cleanser removes impurities, excess oils and makeup as it hydrates and purifies pores. Dead skin is gently scrubbed away using alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids along with ultra-fine jojoba beads, leaving your skin smoother and with a brighter complexion.

15% AHA/BHA Cream: This treatment with 15% alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids improves the appearance of skin texture, tone, and smoothness by exfoliating dead cells.

Theraderm Platinum Protection SPF 30: Lightweight oil-free sunscreen. Very good for oily acneic skin types. Wearing sunscreen everyday is a big component in preventing scarring.

SkinMedica Vitamin C + E Complex: This silky, fragrance-free formula with 15% stabilized vitamin C and E provides extraordinary antioxidant protection, helping to improve the appearance of skin tone, texture and firmness. Vitamin C and E promote cell renewal and increases collagen production.

LHA Cleanser: Designed for aging skin prone to breakouts, SkinCeuticals LHA Cleansing Gel combines potent cleansing agents with LHA, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid to decongest pores, smooth irregularities, and brighten skin.

Blemish + Age Defense: This acid blend is designed to prevent the formation of acne, minimize hyperpigmentation, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Retinol 0.5%: Smoothes the skin texture through exfoliation and skin regeneration. It improves the appearance of fine lines, aging and sun-damaged skin. Enhances skin texture and stimulates cellular turnover without irritating the skin.

Scarring/Keloids

Keloids are scar tissue that get bumped up or raised. They often can become painful and in some cases cause disfigurement.  Florida Skin Center's providers can generally can treat keloid scars with steroid injections or prescription medications. In some instances, the keloid tissue can be cut out or excised.

This patient below is undergoing treatment for her Keloid scar with vascular laser and Kenalog injections. Check back for updates on her treatment.

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN)

DPN is a unique skin condition seen in darker skin types. They appear as small dark bumps that occur on the face, neck and chest. The cause of DPNs is unknown, but maybe genetic and can be seen in several members of the same family. They can be easily treated with a simple painless procedure.

Hair Loss

Hair loss is a common complaint that we see in the office. Hair loss can be due to many different factors.  Often hair styles that are wore too tightly or pulled back can cause traction alopecia. In some cases, autoimmune conditions such as thyroid disease, anemia and lupus can be the cause.  And for some of us, hair loss unfortunately runs in the family. Our providers will evaluate each patient individually to treat the underlying cause of hair loss. Treatments often include topical and oral medications as well as PRP treatments.

Products for Hair Loss:

Scalp Therapy: Dissolves sebum and dandruff and promotes scalp hygiene.

DHT Blocking Bio-Therapy Shampoo: Designed to block DHT (primary cause of hair loss). This specially formulated shampoo provides strength, moisture, and shine to all hair types, as well as color treated hair.

Minoxidil: "Rogaine" Helps stimulate blood flow to the scalp and to increase hair growth.

HLCC Vitamins: Helps block DHT and give the hair the nutrients it needs to grow optimally. This is an herbal alternative to Propecia and can be used with Propecia. Safe for women to use.