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dermatosis treatment in Philadelphia

Written by Dr. Ringpfeil

African American and Ethnic Skin Care

Dark skin - Some common treatments:

  • Acne
  • Acne Scars
  • Keloids
  • Dermatosis
  • Laser hair removal
  • Tattoo removal
  • Melasma

Training and working at four inner-city university hospitals in NYC and Philadelphia allows us the opportunity and experience to treat a diverse range of skin ethnicity. People of different origins ineed have significant differences in the composition of their skin.

On one hand, darker pigment protects our skin from the sun but on the other hand inflammation of the skin could result in significant unwanted discoloration. As darker skin runs the potential risk of discoloration, different lasers, procedures, and medications may be appropriate to safely and effectively treat not only medical but also cosmetic conditions.

As a large portion of our patients are from a diverse and mixed ethnic background, we invested in technology that is specifically suited to their skin condition and it could even be said that it is ‘color blind’. We provide various treatments including peels that correct dark pigmentation, remove dark ‘moles’ (dermatosis papulose nigra) and treat keloids with unique cryoscope technology.

Treatment of Keloids

Keloids are a genetic condition that is more common among black and the Mediterranean. For more information about keloids and possible treatments please visit our keloids page.

Keloids Philadelphia - before and after
Keloids treatments on black skin

Treatment of Acne Scars on Darker Skin

Treating acne scars on dark skin requires special considerations. Improper treatment can result in permanent damage to the skin without improving the scar texture. Fortunately, there are now two new technologies that allow us to treat scars with minimal risk of damaging the healthy skin around the scar.

With the Picosure laser, we can safely soften scar tissue. This is followed by the Infini microneedling treatment that triggers collagen production and raises the skin in the scarred area. A new treatment protocol has been developed for darker patients that is now able to achieve results that were previously not possible.

Treating scars with Infini and Picosure
Acne scar and skin texture treatment

Treatment of Acne on Dark Skin

For post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation to be prevented, it is imperative to control inflammation caused by acne as early as possible. Topical medications that contain irritating ingredients should also be avoided.

Various treatments including Picosure laser, Microdermabrasion, Photodynamic therapy, and Melanage treatments can help lift dark pigment and restore the original and lighter complexion for those who find it difficult to control their acne and have focal or widespread dark marks.

Next New Patient Appointment: Wed, Dec 7 9:45AM

Laser Hair Removal for Dark Skin

For dark skin, there is no laser hair removal that is safe and effective. NDYag lasers can permanently reduce 80-90% of the hair in 6-8 treatments. Other laser types can be less effective and can cause hyper and hypopigmentation.

In contrast, the diode laser (often referred to as "the laser for all skin types") requires more treatments and is not suitable for darker Indian or African American skin tones. There is a high risk of hyperpigmentation with IPL hair removal, and the effectiveness of hair removal is very low.

The Alexandrite laser hair removal treatment should never be performed on Mediterranean or darker skin.

Please visit our Laser Hair Removal page for more information about potential treatments for dark skin.

page for more information about potential treatments for dark skin.
Before and after picture of facial hair removal for a dark skin person
Hair removal for dark skin

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SKIN

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Last updated: 11/10/2022 8:45 PM

PATIENT RATINGS

Would you recommend us?

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Compare our service to other similar practices

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Overall doctor performance

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The doctor listened to you attentively

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The doctor took time to answer your questions

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The doctor explained treatment options

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Front desk performance

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Aesthetician performance

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Office comfort

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Parking

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Friendliness of the staff during appointment

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What WE DID WELL

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welll...besides the freeezing sensation applied to my paipai, i loved the paintings...for sure

#12022-11-24

i liked the fact the doctor acutally explianed everything to me in a way that i as a child could understand. that was the part that i really enjoyed

#22022-05-08

best waiting room decor ever enjoyed talking to doctor

#32011-01-12 08:19:57

Everyone seem to be knowing what they are doing and loving to take the time to assure you that they care and can assit you..

#42011-04-19 09:23:01

It's great that you're using electronic means to capture patient information. Everyone is very friendly and competent and the doctor was wonderful to talk to.

#52022-04-02

Doctor was very pleasant and informative.

#62022-05-08

Knowledgable and friendly staff.

#72022-04-13

The staff was knowlegable in answering any additional questions I may have

#82022-09-09

Alana was wonderful. Her manner of dealing with patients is something to be admired.

#92011-11-30 11:47:43

Seeing Dr. Ringpfeil again!

#102022-10-20

What can we do better?

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cannot be improved

#12022-04-04

I had requested an email for appointment purposes. Was never sent. Other than that - Excellent!

#22022-08-25

everything was great, i don't have any suggestions

#32010-10-25 11:08:34

Try to get enrolled as a provider in Tricare Prime!

#42022-03-24

Service was outstanding!

#52022-03-10

I actually appreciated and was so very happy with all aspects of my visit.

#62022-10-11

Don't know, you guys did a great job.

#72022-10-20

I cant think of anything

#82022-11-16

I can't think of anything else that you can do, everything was excellent.

#92022-03-08

The restroom could be cleaner.

#102011-01-19 08:56:51

Customer Rating : 4.6

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