Top
20
Doctor insights on: Light Vs Dark Skin African American

Share
1

1
How is laser hair removal on african american or dark skin?

How is laser hair removal on african american or dark skin?

Seek dermatologist : Laser hair treatments for dark skin including African American skin can be safely performed with certain lasers at the right settings. Seek out a dermatologist who is experienced with treating ethnic and darker skin types. Typically a diode laser and Yag lasers have the correct wavelength for treating darker skin. Avoid ipl or medical spas without doctor supervision. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
2

2
Is laser hair removal on african american or dark skin okay?

Is laser hair removal on african american or dark skin okay?

Yes: Must go to a trained professional with a lot of experience in persons of color. THe lasers that would be safest for you are the YAG and the 910 diode like lightsheer ...Read more

3

3
Are most African-American babies born with pale, light-skin, like myself? Does this very light skin color change and can it change to very dark skin?

Are most African-American babies born with pale, light-skin, like myself?  Does this very light skin color change and can it change to very dark skin?

Not necessarily. : African - American babies are not necessarily light skin at birth. They are more closer to their parental skin complexion and do not get darker as they grow. If a baby is light skinned, there might be light skinned individuals in the family, which is genetic but if the baby's mucous membranes are pale, he or she should be evaluated for anemia ( low hemoglobin ). ...Read more

6

6
I'm African American and was out in the sun a lot of for the past week. I'm darker than usual. Will I ever get back to my original skin color?

I'm African American and was out in the sun a lot of for the past week. I'm darker than usual. Will I ever get back to my original skin color?

DARKER SKIN FROM SUN: THE ANSWER IS "YES". STAY OUT OF THE SUN AND WITHIN A FEW WEEKS (CANNOT TELL EXACTLY) YOUR ORIGINAL COLOR WILL RETURN. NOT TO WORRY . . . ...Read more

9

9
Is there a compound or skin bleach to get rid of dark marks on african american skin I am llight brown skin and I have a lot of dark marks from plucking and tweezing facial hair?

Is there a compound or skin bleach to get rid of dark marks on african american skin I am  llight brown skin and I have a lot of dark marks from  plucking and tweezing facial hair?

Melanage peels : First you must avoid the sun, and protect your skin from uva & uvb radiation. Most bleaching creams are not very effective. The best treatment for hyper-pigmentation (dark spots) is a melanage peel. This treatment is especially effective for darker skinned individuals. Dark skinned people must be very careful not to actually make the dark spots worse. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
11

11
I am african american, and I have oily bumpy skin. What brand of soaps are good?

I am african american, and I have oily bumpy skin. What brand of soaps are good?

Healthtap doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

12

12
I am a african american woman and i've notice that the skin on my face is starting to have a lot of light patches. Why is that?

Multiple causes : This change may represent a rash such as pityriasis alba or vitiligo. Use sensitive skin soap, moisturizers, and sunscreens only. Consult a dermatologist to evaluate and treat this. ...Read more

13

13
I will be 40 yrs in dec, what can I do to keep my skin youthful, wrinkle free, and glowing all the time. I am african, and dark skin.

I will be 40 yrs in dec, what can I do to keep my skin youthful, wrinkle free, and glowing all the time. I am african, and dark skin.

Home skincare: You will probably want to consider using a good line of skincare products at home. Get some prescription strength ones from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Brands like obagi, pca, vi derm, and so forth. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
How do I lighten my skin about 2 shades naturally I'm african American Ps.dont say stuff like love the skin your in that doesn't answer my question ?

You can't: Your genetics are set. You cannot lighten your skin. The color of your skin is set deep inside by the amount of melanin your genes have programmed your skin to produce. ...Read more

16

16
I'm african american how do I even my skin tone ?

I'm african american how do I even my skin tone ?

Chemical peel: There may be areas which are darker than the rest of the face caused by hormones or acne. Retinoids such as retin a (tretinoin) and differin can slowly peel the skin and lighten the area. There is also a safe chemical peel the vi peel which can be use in all skin colors to even out the skin. It may need to be repeated in 3-12 months as necessary to maintain the effect. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
17

17
Is vitalize peel/vipeel safe for African American skin?

Yes: i have used ViPeel extensively on dark skin and it is effective and safe. ...Read more

18

18
Are there any benefits for a brown skin african american to use a tanning bed?

Are there any benefits for a brown skin african american to use a tanning bed?

No: Tanning beds are artificial intense uv light. Most tanning beds today are uva type, that allows tanning, but also greatly accelerates aging, wrinkles, sun spots and abnormal pigmentation. Darker skinned people who use tanning beds are not getting any benefits (maybe some extra vitamin d) but instead are accelerating aging and wrinkles and maybe even increasing their risk of getting skin cancer. ...Read more

19

19
I am a 45 year old african american woman. I took isotretnoin (30mg tid) for 2 weeks and my facial skin darkened 3 shades. I stopped...Help!

Hyperpigmentation: What you have is postinflammatory hyper pigmentation meaning that skin irritation causes increased pigment. Isotretinoin causes increased sun sensitivity which could also cause increase in pigment in your skin. Treatment is with prescription bleaching cream called hydroquinone. ...Read more

20

20
Is hydroquinone harmful to the african american skin?

Is hydroquinone harmful to the african american skin?

No: Except you must rest from it every few months. Continuous use over many months may result in a paradoxical darker skin. ...Read more