Dark skin tone refers to individuals with higher levels of melanin in their skin, resulting in a darker complexion. Dark skin tones typically have more protection against the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation due to the higher melanin content.
Treatment tips for darker skin tones
- These can be useful for anti-ageing and superficial pigmentation such as epidermal melasma.
- Ensure that you go for chemical peel treatments with a dermatologist, general practitioner or trained skin therapist.
- Chemical peels need to be performed with extreme caution otherwise you can end up with a poor result.
- For the best results, it is best to perform milder peels in the winter months with the meticulous use of a high-factor, broad-spectrum sunscreen post peel.
- Deeper peels can cause irritation to the skin and if the post-treatment care is not correct then it can lead to extensive dark marks on the face known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
- This treatment is useful for anti-ageing, post-acne scarring and may improve epidermal melasma.
- This procedure can be safely performed on all skin types.
- After your treatment avoid the sun, wear a broad-brimmed hat with UV protection and be meticulous about using a high-factor, broad-spectrum sunscreen to reduce the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
- Non-ablative fractional lasers are generally considered safe in people with a darker skin tone.
- There are different types of fractional lasers depending upon which wavelength is used.
- The laser beams penetrate the dermis of the skin stimulating collagen and is therefore useful in skin rejuvenation and post-acne scarring.
- It is very important that this laser treatment be performed by an experienced laser operator.
- Post-treatment care and instructions, including meticulous use of a high factor, broad-spectrum sunscreen and sun avoidance need to be followed.
Skincare ingredients post procedure for darker skin tones
- Centella Asiatica Extract
- Licorice Extract
- Cucumber Extract
Post-procedure skincare products for darker skin tones
After a procedure, it’s crucial to use a mild, non-irritating cleanser that won’t disrupt the healing process or cause further inflammation. Look for a gentle cleanser that is free of harsh ingredients, fragrances, and drying agents. Dr Webster recommends:
Barrier Repair creams provide essential support for skins that are temporarily disrupted due to aesthetic treatments. Procedures can compromise the skin’s natural barrier function, leaving it more vulnerable to damage and irritation. Barrier creams often contain ingredients that support the skin’s barrier repair process. These components help strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, promote healing, and restore its overall health and resilience. Dr Webster recommends:
If your skin feels uncomfortable post-procedure and you need an extra soothing targeted treatment we recommend using a refreshing soothing mist. They offer effective moisture-balancing properties and can be used daily to soothe sensitive skin with refreshing comfort. Dr Webster recommends:
Darker skin is more prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which is the darkening of the skin after inflammation or injury. Sun exposure can exacerbate this condition and lead to darker spots or patches on the skin. Using post-procedure SPF helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays, reducing the risk of hyperpigmentation and allowing the skin to heal more evenly. Dr Webster recommends: