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Before my fellow fashionistas get too excited, this is ESKATA with a K and a T, not ESCADA with a C and a D…ESKATA is the first and only FDA-approved topical treatment that can treat raised SKs – doc shorthand for seborrheic keratoses. For those of you who are not familiar, raised SKs are those irregular unsightly-looking growths that can be pigmented or skin color and can show up on the face, arms, legs, or anywhere.
Seborrheic keratosis (SK) is the very common skin condition you probably never heard of, but dermatologists see them just about every day. Although the lesions are mostly benign, they can be unsightly. They can flat or raised and dark or the color of your skin. Historicall
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After attending a very informative presentation with a panel of 8 prominent dermatologists and skin researchers from all over the country by the Skin of Color Society at the London New York, I learned a whole lot more about skin of color.
Some of their comments may surprise you too. For example, did you know that psoriasis scales may look purple or brown on darker skin types? Or that melasma is hereditary and more prevalent in Hispanics and other skin of color? Or that laser resurfacing can be performed safely on skin of color if you go to an expert who chooses the right device and the best settings?
Dr. Seemal Desai, Founder & Medical Director, Innovative Dermatology, PA, Plano, T
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
Hair can be a great source of pride, pain or both among African-Americans, and Amy McMichael, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC, has devoted much time and research to helping these individuals prevent hair loss and take back their hair health.
McMichael, who is also serving as the President of the Skin of Color Society, spoke to Beauty in The Bag about some of the unique hair issues facing African Americans, and shared tips on how to these individuals can better care for their hair.
Here’s what she had to say:
1. Is hair a big problem for African Americans?
Yes, hair is a large problem for Afric