By 2050, more than 50 percent of the US population will have skin of color, and dermatologists like Seemal R. Desai, MD, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and the Founder and Medical Director of Innovative Dermatology in Dallas, Texas, are on the front lines when it comes to addressing cosmetic and medical skin issues in these individuals. People with skin of color include African Americans, Asians, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Indians and Pacific Islanders primarily, as well as individuals from these groups who have intermarried. They can have different skin concerns and aesthetic goals and responses to common treatments wh
When most of us think about dermatology, we think skin care products, acne, injectables, and other anti-aging techniques, not necessarily microscopes, skin samples, and pathology, but that is where Clay Cockerell, MD, shines. This specialty is called dermatopathology, and Cockerell, a past president of the American Association of Dermatology, has trained more than 100 dermatopathology fellows in the last 20 years, many of whom are now leaders in this field.
Cockerell, who practices at the University of Texas Southwestern General Dermatology Clinic in Dallas, talked to Beauty in the Bag about this niche and some of the advances that he has helped to pioneer.
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