Written by Lisa Marie Wark, MBA*
It can be difficult to find a product that works perfectly with your particular skin tone, as many cosmetic brands seem to base most of their treatments around a one-size-fits-all idea of beauty. When it comes to finding a product that works ideally for you, how do you know what to look for? You may start by measuring your skin tone on the Fitzpatrick scale, then consider some of the more common skin conditions which occur in those with darker toned skin, before you consult with your skin care physician at Blue Point Medical Spa.
Although it can be easy to forget in the heat of the moment, UV waves that are given off by the sun can play an important role when it comes to issues such as skin cancer and premature aging. Regardless of your ethnicity or skin color, it is entirely possible to develop skin cancer. Melanoma, the most common and deadliest form can be diagnosed late in people with colored skin because it can be less obvious to spot, upon the scalp or hidden between the toes. Because of this, it is particularly important for people with darker skin tones to regularly examine their skin, as well as wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect them from potential damage.
Discolorations and Dark Spots
One particularly common pigmentation problem in individuals with darker skin tones is hyperpigmentation, otherwise known as a darkening of the skin in certain localized spots. Genetics, sun damage, acne, and skin trauma can all contribute to the development of hyperpigmentation, and your genetics can also have an impact upon how susceptible you are to these dark spots.
Medical professionals such as those at Blue Point Medical Spa regularly recommend using products such as … Obagi Nu-derm system to improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation. However, it is important to remember that prevention is better than treatment, and the dangers of the sun should not be taken lightly. The degree of UV damage that you expose your skin to will have a significant impact on how likely you are to suffer from hyperpigmentation.
Scarring and Acne
Acne and scarring are problems that can affect anyone, regardless of their age, ethnicity, or skin type. However, the darker your skin is in tone, the worse the pigment abnormalities you can expect to see left behind from acne scarring. Skin of color struggles to heal as easily after suffering from burns, bruises, cuts, and piercings, meaning that scars are much more common and longer-lasting than on individuals with lighter skin tones. If you currently have some scars that have been unable to heal completely over time, you may find that it is helpful to speak to someone at Blue Point Medical Spa about the kind of scar treatment that is suitable for you.
Fantastic & Seminal Advice
Usually, regardless of your skin tone, you will find a product in Blue Point Medical Spa that is ideal for you and your particular issue. For further information, be sure to speak to a specialist about which products are most recommended for your particular skin tone and how to use them properly.
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*Lisa Marie Wark, MBA owns a social media agency and is a business development consultant with a concentration in medical spas and alternative clinics. Currently she is President of Lisa Marie Wark, MBA & Assoc., a business development and social media firm that provides physicians the necessary business tools to help them build or expand their practices into medical spa facilities.