Skin of Colour

Are you a person with pigmented skin? Have you ever wondered why skin treatments and procedures that worked for your friends have not given you the same results? It’s because your skin is unique. It requires a unique approach to skin care and treatment. 

The term “skin of colour” describes all people with non-Caucasian (non-white) skin types.

This includes individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds including:

  • Asia (India, Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Philippines and Thailand)
  • Latin America (Hispanic)
  • Africa
  • The Middle East
  • Indigenous Oceanic people (Indigenous Australians, Pacific Islanders)
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Skin of colour is different.

Scientific studies have demonstrated that skin of colour is structurally and functionally different to white skin. It reacts differently to sunlight, lasers, inflammation, injury and even creams. Common conditions like eczema and psoriasis can look different to the naked eye, so subtle signs on the skin that help to accurately diagnose and manage patients with skin of colour may be missed by those not familiar with treating pigmented skin.

Unique diseases and treatment complications occur in people with skin of colour making individually tailored treatments critical.

The founder of Chroma Dermatology, Dr. Rodrigues, is dedicated to advancing dermatology in those with skin of colour and is a globally recognised expert in this area of dermatology. She continues to develop postgraduate education in this area, lectures and publishes on skin of colour dermatology.

If you are a person with skin of colour, consideration and a detailed knowledge of your unique skin tone is vital in achieving great results and beautiful skin.

Call Chroma Dermatology to find out more or to address your skin problem today.

Problems that are more common in those with skin of colour include

Melanocytes (pigment cells) are more active and reactive and susceptible to damage in those with skin of colour. Conditions like melasma, post inflammatory hypopigmentation, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, neavus of ota, horis naevus and Mongolian spots are more common in skin of colour 

Fibroblasts (collagen making cells) are larger, more numerous and more active in those with skin of colour. This leads to an increased risk of keloid scar development. 

Those with skin of colour are more susceptible to certain follicular (hair) disorders. Some examples of such conditions include

  • Pseudofolliculitis barbae
  • Acne Keloidalis Nuchae
  • Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia
  • Traction alopecia

Those with skin of colour are more likely to develop some conditions or present with certain variants of common conditions.

  • Dermatosis papulosa nigra
  • Pityriasis alba
  • Comedonal acne (acne pomade)
  • Discoid lupus erythematosus
  • Annular and hypertrophic variants of lichen planus
  • Follicular variant of atopic dermatisis
  • Popular variant of sarcoidosis
  • Hypopigmented variant of mycosis fungoides
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