What’s the difference between my skin type and skin condition?
ETHNIC SKIN CONCERNS
Ethnic skin types typically contain more melanin, a natural substance found in the dermis, contributing to darker skin. Melanin also protects the epidermis from harmful UV rays. Though melanin provides ample sun protection, it can also produce thick, thin, oily and dry symptoms. Depending on the climate, some darker epidermis may be considered stronger or more fragile than others, so it is a good idea to book an appointment with someone who can help relieve common skin ailments.
- African American – Dark skin found in people of African descent contains varying amounts of melanin, which contribute to variable pigmentation. While African American skin is prone to conditions such as hyperkeratosis, it usually ages slower as a result of ample melanin. However, uneven tone and texture can be a problem, which may be caused by using harsh chemicals, chemical peels, and some exfoliating skin treatments, resulting in scarring.
- Hispanic – People of Hispanic heritage typically have varying skin tones, which contains a considerable amount of oil, requiring extensive treatments for problematic conditions such as acne. Hispanic epidermis that is darker can also be prone to hyperpigmentation and scarring due to abrasive exfoliation and harsh chemicals.
- Asian – Asian skin is typically the most sensitive of all groups. However, it also contains a considerable amount of elasticity. As such, certain skin treatments like alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) can be very abrasive. Because of the fragility of Asian epidermis, one must take caution when treating conditions while preserving the natural pigmentation.
- Indian – Indian skin usually contains a considerable amount of melanin, as well. Indian skin can also be oily, contributing to acne. In addition to other conditions, such as scarring and post–inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, this type can also fall victim to scarring if such conditions aren’t treated properly.
Effective ethnic skin care can provide customized treatment plans that take both individual needs and environmental factors into consideration for short-term aesthetic improvement and long-term health. Learn more about ethnic skin treatment at aad.org.
Men’s skin can fall victim to hormonal fluctuations just as much as women. The facial epidermis found in men is typically thicker and breaks out less often than in women. However, men frequently experience the most irritation due to shaving. Other common conditions treated in male aesthetic medicine include:
- Razor Burn – Redness, ingrown hairs, and rash caused by friction between a shaving blade and the face due to insufficient moisture.
- Acne – Infected sebaceous glands
- Rosacea – A condition in which large blood vessels emit a flushed appearance in the cheeks and nose.
While men and women experience similar irritations, men’s skin issues are most often due to excessive hair growth and shaving improperly. The Skin Studios has the right tools to alleviate these symptoms with gentle technology that is soothing and softening. If you experience worsening or persistence of these signs, booking an appointment may be the best solution.
FIND EXPERIENCED SKIN TYPE-SPECIFIC TREATMENTProblematic skin can leave you feeling like there is no hope. However, a skilled skin care team can help through advanced skin treatments and customized plans.