Ethnic Skin & Pigmentation
Ethnic Skin & Common Ethnic Skin Concerns
At Skin Solutions, director Sonal Patel has vast experience of patients who have ethnic skin and suffer from common ethnic skin concerns. Even today across the market there is little in the way of specialised treatment, and professionals who offer a true understanding of ethnic skin.
Throughout her career Sonal has seen a vast improvement for patients who do have concerns about their skin type.
Those with ethnic skin often suffer from post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, which is a darkening of the skin, often in patches. On a more positive note though, ethnic skin differs structurally, as the collagen fibres and fibroblasts are denser, making ageing of the skin occur far later in life.
What is hyper-pigmentation?
Pigmentation concerns can be devastating for the sufferer and the psychological effects of facial pigmentation should not be underestimated
Pigmentation is a common condition in which patches of skin become darker on colour than the normal tone of the skin, often standing out against the normal surrounding skin.
This darkness occurs when there is an increase in the melanin content of the skin. Melanin is a natural pigment that gives our skin its colour. It's formed by melanocytes, which are found in the lower layer of the skin, via a process called melanogenesis, affecting people of all races.
However those of an ethnic skin type are more prone to hyper-pigmentation, particularly post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, which occurs when the skin is injured, causing the skin to form darker as it heals.
Other causes of skin pigmentation include ageing, hormones, and sun damage.
Whilst pigmentation can occur in anyone, if you are of an ethnic background you are more likely to experience it. There are many ways to reduce or even reverse pigmentation though, and if you are self-conscious of pigmentation in your skin you can work to reduce this.
At Skin Solutions Sonal recommends the use of topical creams, that contain de-pigmenting agents which work to control melanin production and chemicals peels, as well as regular use of SPF30+ broad spectrum sunblock.
Chemical peels assist in the treatment of hyper-pigmentation by removing the damaged skin surface where the pigment has been deposited. This enables new healthy skin cells to be exposed, and so hyper-pigmentation is reduced.
Other ethnic skin issues
A more common skin condition in those with darker skin, ethnic skin types are more prone to developing inflammatory acne. Due to post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation this means that those who develop acne are more likely to also suffer from hyper-pigmentation where blemishes have been.
Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (Razorbump)
Ethnic men are most likely to suffer from Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, which results in curled hairs and curved follicles. This can cause problems with shaving, particularly on the face. A sharp end of a curled hair can grow back into the skin, this can cause hyper-pigmentation and scarring.
Hydrating naturally in the sun, ethnic skin is better suited to warm climates. When exposed to cold climates the skin can lose its protective hydrolipidic film causing it to lose its natural radiance. This can make the skin appear dull and of a grey tone.
To find out more about ethnic skin, pigmentation and how Sonal can help get in touch today. Through treatments and advised skin care, we can help you create clear and healthy skin. Book a complimentary consultation or simply get in touch if you'd like more information.