Individual Solutions for Ethnic Skin and Hair
We’re all individuals and like our personalities, not all skin types are the same. Ethnic skin and hair variations mean that dermatology is not a one-size-fits-all approach to addressing individual needs. African, African American, Asian, Caribbean, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and multi-racial skin all have different skin and hair care requirements to help you look and feel your best. Illustra Dermatology’s board certified dermatologist, Dr. Adrianna Browne, has skin and hair care solutions to meet the needs of all ethnic skin types.
In dermatology, there is a shortage of dermatologists of color. Dr. Browne is one of a few Black dermatologists in the Bay Area. Additionally, she had the great fortune of training in the Johns Hopkins Ethnic Skin Program through the Johns Hopkins Dermatology Department. Some skin and hair conditions are ethnically exclusive. Other conditions can occur with any ethnicity, but are more likely to appear in darker-toned skin individuals. It’s also true that there are skin and hair conditions that occur in every skin type, but their appearance is different in darker skin. Though there is improvement of diversity within the dermatologic field, the many textbooks that serve as road maps for diagnosing skin disorders still don’t often offer images of skin conditions as they appear on people of color. The impact of this change in appearance means the treatment for the condition may need to be altered as well. One of the most important skills dermatologists master is pattern recognition, training themselves to recognize certain colors that can display certain skin manifestations to make a proper diagnosis. Dr. Adrianna Browne at Illustra Dermatology has the skill, the experience, and the cutting-edge medical technology to treat all conditions for all skin types.
Skin conditions such as acne and eczema affect the skin’s pigmentation. Skin concerns that nearly everyone faces every day, such as insect bites, can have a more pronounced appearance in dark skin. People with darker skin tones are also at higher risk of hyperpigmentation, too much pigmentation in the skin, that results in visible dark spots, and hypopigmentation, a decrease in pigmentation, resulting in lighter spots. Certain hair conditions such as traction alopecia (thin edges), seborrheic dermatitis (severe dandruff), pseudofolliculitis barbae (razor bumps), and central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia are more common and/or require different management in people with curly hair. Dr. Browne will provide a thorough treatment regimen for your hair concerns.
We all want skin and hair care that addresses our individual needs. Book an appointment now with Illustra Dermatology to see what ethnic skin and hair care solutions Dr. Browne has for you or to ask questions about what treatments can meet your skin and hair care needs.