Archive for March, 2012

Strategies to Minimize Irritation and Potential Iatrogenic Post-Inflammatory Pigmentation When Treating Acne Patients With Skin of Color

INTRODUCTION Post-inflammatory pigmentation (PIH) is a frequent complication of skin inflammation in patients with skin of color, so it is important to reduce the risk of potential irritation of topical medications when treating acne patients. When acne lesions resolve in …

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Clinical Pearls for Dermal Filler Enhancement in Patients With Skin of Color

INTRODUCTION Patients of all racial and ethnic groups are interested in maintaining a vital and youthful appearance. As the US population of skin of color patients grows, so too

Best Practices and Evidenced-Based Use of the 800 nm Diode Laser for the Treatment of Pseudofolliculitis Barbae in Skin of Color

INTRODUCTION Pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB) is a common, irritating skin condition that manifests as inflammation around hair follicles after shaving and often with associated keloidal papules/nodules resulting from ingrown follicles.

Laser Hair Removal in Ethnic Skin: Principles and Practical Aspects

INTRODUCTION Laser hair removal (LHR) has become an increasingly popular procedure during the past decade. In white skin, LHR is known and works with a fairly low number of

Treating Lentigines in Asian Patients With the Q-switched Alexandrite Laser

INTRODUCTION Lentigines are a common problem for Asian patients, as photodamage tends to present as dyspigmentation rather than wrinkling in this population.1 Irregularities in skin tone and color often

Laser Hair Removal Pearls in Skin of Color

INTRODUCTION Laser hair removal (LHR) has been used in clinics since 1995; however, it was approximately 50 years ago that laser energy was first noted to “char” hair in

A Novel 0.65 Millisecond Pulsed 1064 nm Laser to Treat Skin of Color Without Skin Cooling or Anesthetics

INTRODUCTION The Nd:YAG 1064 nm has become the gold standard laser modality for safely treating all skin types and specifically skin of color. The 1064 nm laser technologies with

The 810 nm Diode Laser: A Safe, Effective Modality to Meet a Growing Population Need

INTRODUCTION For dermatologists who see patients of color in their clinics with increasing frequency as the years pass, the need for devices and techniques that are safe to use

Fractional Laser Resurfacing for Acne Scarring in Patients with Fitzpatrick Skin Types IV–VI

INTRODUCTION Traditional methods for skin resurfacing (including medium to deep chemical peels, Er:YAG and CO2 lasers, and dermabrasion) are associated with a substantial risk of dyspigmentation and, in some

Cosmetic Treatments on Skin of Color: A Unique Challenge

I am honored to serve as Editor of the first-ever DermPearls supplement to the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. As practicing clinicians, as the population of the world