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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 hospital 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 origin 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 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 cryoshape technology and more

Treatment of keloids

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

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

Treatment of acne scar on darker skin

Treating acne scar on dark skin requires special considerations. Improper treatment can results 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. Our Picosure laser can safely soften the scar tissue and a following treatment with Infini microneedling triggers colligen production that elevates the skin in the scar area. We have recently developed a new treatment protocol for darker patients that can now benefit from results that were not be possible before.

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

Treatment of Acne on a dark skin

It is important to control the inflammation caused by acne as early as possible in order to prevent post inflammatory hyper pigmentation. Similarly, It is also important to avoid irritating topical medications. Those who had difficulty managing their acne and were left with dark marks that can be focal or widespread, can go through Picosure laser, microdermabrasion, Photodynamic therapy, Melanage treatments to lift the dark pigment and restore the original and lighter complexion.

Next New Patient Appointment: Mon, Nov 30 8:00AM

Laser hair removal for dark skin

Safe and effective laser hair removal is not available for dark skin. The NDYag laser achieves permanent hair reduction of 80-90% of the hair in 6-8 treatments, other laser types may be less effective and in some cases may impose hyper and hipo pigmentation risk.

The diode laser (Often referred to as "the laser that treats all skin types") requires more treatments and is not suiteable for darker Indian or African American skin types. Hair removal with IPL carries high risk of hyperpigmentation with a very low hair reduction effectiveness. Hair removal with the alexandrite laser should never be performed on a mediternnian or darker skin.

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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Last updated: 11/19/2020 5:15 PM

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What WE DID WELL

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every thing was great.

#12019-12-17

everyone was very nice.

#22020-04-05

I found it very interesting and feel that I came to the right place and trust the doctor's treatment for me.

#32020-02-10

Doctor was very friendly & knowledgable. I especially appreciated that she seemed unrushed and focused on me. I am hopeful that the procedure she recommended will improve my condition (facial scar).

#42020-06-10

Dr. Ringpfeil's professionalism as well as her wonderful bedside manner.

#52020-08-16

Every aspect was oustanding, most importantly the expertise of the physician.

#62020-03-20

I really appreciated how knowledgeable the doctor was about my condition. I also felt that she listened well and considered my opinion. Great job! Cant wait to come back.

#72012-06-14 15:35:48

Friendly, curteous service from all I was in contact with.

#82019-12-23

start to finish it was a perfect experience, i found the reception area very heplful and understanding,

#92020-05-25

very professional

#102010-11-30 07:53:54

What can we do better?

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that you can call the insured company ehen there's a problem

#12020-08-10

Appointments on Fridays

#22010-09-27 09:26:48

before prescribing a very expensive treatment, inform the patient you are doing so.

#32020-02-04

There's nothing better, u already doing well.

#42020-10-14

The service was great I don't see anything better u can do!

#52020-08-01

receptioist is a little stiff and unwelcoming, but attentive proffessional.

#62020-04-18

Service was fantastic. No suggestions.

#72011-11-29 13:58:45

There's nothing better, u already doing well.

#82020-06-30

I was a bit embarressed by not knowing more information regarding my parents history. I believe it would have been better handled if I were asked to please get more info and then let the dr's office know.

#92020-08-30

keep on on trying to do your best

#102019-12-10
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