Question: I have struggled with acne since I moved to the US from Equador when I was 13. I am now 32 and its still a problem. Even small breakouts leave long lasting marks. What am I doing wrong? Are there special treatments for Latina skin I should know about?
Answer: I got this letter last month– very apppropriate since June is Acne Awarenss Month. According to Miami based dermatologist Mercedes Florez-White, acne in Latina skin needs a tailored treatment plan.
The American Academy of Dermatology spearates acne into four different categories from mild uncomplicated to intense inflammatory acne. Mild acne is usually triggered by teenage hormones or oil rich beauty care products. It consists primarily of black heads and superficial pimples. By contrast inflammatory acne has frequent breakouts that consists of … Continue Reading… →
If you never heard of Mme C.J. Walker, I’m so glad I can be the one to introduce you to this amazing woman. If you already know of her life and accomplishments, then you share my respect and and interest in this remarkable American.
Mme. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove in 1867, the fifth child of recently freed slaves. She became an orphan at age 7 and picked cotton and did housework just to stay alive. By 1885, a widow with two children,she started working in the barbershops owned by her brothers. And as fate would have it, it was a damaging hair product that changed her life and the lives of countless generations of women. A harsh shampoo with lye had burned her scalp, causing distressing bald patches. To deal with the hair loss, she began to … Continue Reading… →
Question: Can a South Asian women use Forever Beautiful laser to get rid of dark patches? Answer: According to Carissa, the amazing esthetician who works with Dr Z.Paul Lorenc, the short answer is— no. The heat of this milder laser could trigger new darkened areas and leave the skin with irregular pigmentation. To clarify and brighten South Asian skin Carissa uses a two step process. First she pre-treats the skin with for a few weeks with hydroquinone to put the melanin producing cells into sleep mode. Then she exposes the skin to a Q switch YAG laser which was developed originally to remove black pigment in a tattoo. The proceedure needs to be done very very carefully and after treatment sunscreens are essential. To keep the skin smooth and clear a 50SPF sunscreen should … Continue Reading… →
Retin A questions are the top category in my mail box. This medication is strong, effective, but success lies with so many details that are not discussed when its first prescribed. This is not the first time I received this one-dab- fits- all question, so it definately needs an answer.
Question: I am 35, African American and I am using Retin A for both acne and area of discoloration. The directions say to use a single pea size dab for the whole face. Wouldn’t it be smarter to put it just on the areas that need help?
Answer: That little nightly dab of Retin A hardly seems enough for a whole face, but its all the skin needs… and can handle. Retin A is powerful and even that small amount can cause dryness and irritation, especially if used in … Continue Reading… →
At least once a week I get a question about the best way to manage acne in women of color and at the summer sesion of the American Academy of Dermatology, I finally got the right answers. A three hour power session on the treatment of acne with dermatologist super stars included Dr Andrew Alexis, Director of the Skin of Color Center at St Lukes Hospital in NYC
First the good news. Acne in women of color is usually milder and less frequent than seen in lighter skin tones. The bad news? Even mild acne breakouts tend to leave dark spots and patches that seem to last forever. Called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH, it is the result of irritation from both the acne and the treatments used to … Continue Reading… →
This beautiful spring morning the host of Fashion Flash is Jodell of Black Cat Plus. Not only does Jodell discuss the plus size fashion tips, she is now an e-tailer of some of the top clothing brands. My cousin lives in an area where choices in plus size fashion is very limited. She could find the basics, but for anything aboove that it was a struggle. Now with Black Cat Plus she can find clothing she loves, not something she has to settle for.
And when you’ve finished looking through all the dynamic Fashion Flash sites, check out Brown Skin by Susan Taylor MD. A Harvard trained dermatologist, Dr Taylor provides a culturally sensitive, comprehensive guide to skin care for women of color. African American, Hispanic and Asian skin has the ability to naturally resist aging, but is vulnerable … Continue Reading… →
I get frequent questions from Asian and Latina readers who are interested in using Retin A , but are concerned about the side effects. On one hand Retin A has the ability to lighten dark patches and make the skin look fresher and brighter. On the other hand Retin A can be very irritating– and deeper skin tones tend to develop darkened areas when inflamed.
There’s a boatload of conflicting advice about the topic and I needed an expert to provide answers. Asking my colleagues in beauty for the best source of information, I was referred to the noted Chicago-based cosmetic surgeon, Dr Seven Dayan. In addition to seeing patients, Dr Dayan is the founder of DeNova Research, a center that has extensive experience studying skin care in … Continue Reading… →
In theory, yes but its not going to be that effective. A chest with lots of freckles and age spots will need more help than Tri-lima can provide. Once areas of hyperpigmentation become raised and lumpy, you’re going to need some kind of laser or IPL to deal with them.
2. Can I use Tri-luma and Retin A together ?
It depends. Tri-luma already contains Retin A to increase cell turnover, hydroquinone to break down and discourage pigment formation and a steroid to keep down inflammation. If you are using Tri-luma under your eyes, you can then apply Retin A to the other facial areas. If you have areas of discoloration on your cheeks and forehead, you can use Tri-luma on these areas, but not at the same time you are using Retin A. It won’t do a better job and will make you … Continue Reading… →