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Philadelphia and Mainline Center of Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery
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 we are fortunate to have the opportunity and experience to treat a broad range of skin of diverse ethnicity. People of different origins have indeed 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 may result in significant unwanted discoloration. As darker skin runs into a 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 is from a diverse and mixed ethnic background, we invested in technology that is specifically suited or even "color blind". We provide peels that correct dark pigment, we remove dark "moles" (dermatosis papulose nigra), we treat keloids with unique cryoscope technology and more

Treatment of keloids

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

Keloids Philadelphia - before and after
Keloids treatments at a black skin person

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, and the Infini microneedling treatment that follows triggers collagen production that 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.

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

Next New Patient Appointment: Tue, Jul 5 9:30AM

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

To see more information about laser hair removal for dark skin click here

Before and after picture of facial hair removal for a dark skin person
Hair Removal for dark skin

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SKIN

# of surveys: 3952
Last updated: 6/16/2022 2:45 PM

PATIENT RATINGS

Would you recommend us?

definitely
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Compare our service to other similar practices

excellent
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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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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

(Answers:674)

Everything was great and the people were very friendly.

#12022-04-04

Dr. Ringpfeil's no nonsense (but compassionate) manner. Decisive and confident.

#22011-11-03 09:35:32

I liked the staff, the office, decor, music and the overall atmosphere. I felt comfortable. I will definitely recommened this practice in the future.

#32022-06-03

all people very nice.

#42022-06-20

I appreciated having a conversation with the Physician, as well as developing a plan together. Accentuating the positive when there is so much negative really helps in enthusiastically executing the plan.

#52022-04-05

I like the knowledge and confident in Dr Ringpfeil.

#62010-12-16 12:15:00

Everything was great and the people were very friendly.

#72021-12-03

Appearance of office, professionalism and efficiency of staff and doctor.

#82012-10-03 12:03:35

Friendly attentive staff and very nice ambience (love the art work!)

#92022-01-01

Very Friendly

#102022-01-25

What can we do better?

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Waiting time in reception area was too long.

#12021-12-18

you are the best!

#22011-08-10 10:32:44

Nothing, Thank you so much.

#32011-03-04 10:10:02

Everything was great!

#42021-07-11

I have a suggestion: I noticed that two of the lovely rugs pose hazards to patients using walkers or who may have other mobility issues. The large rug placed at an angle and the narrow rug placed in front of the reception desk leave no room for these individuals to safely manuveur around the reception area and are likely to contribute to fall risks. I would suggest leaving these areas clear.

#52010-10-04 12:14:56

Please consider offering more appointments after 5pm since it can be a challenge to take time off from work.

#62022-04-11

Everything was great thanks!

#72011-02-25 11:46:15

Keeping me from dying of skin cancer would be good (I will behave and do the checks and annual exam to help out!!!)

#82010-11-29 11:47:11

My next appointment could not be scheduled for 6 weeks. I wish I could be seen sooner!

#92010-12-16 10:06:03

I would like you to offer evening and/or Saturday hours for both dermatology and esthetician appointments.

#102010-11-04 16:32:44

Customer Rating : 4.6

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