Latino & Hispanic Skin
Shades of You - Latino & Hispanic
Q: How is latino/hispanic skin different from other skin types?
Latino/Hispanic skin has more melanin, can often times be very oily and can scar more easily than other skin types.
Q: Is hyperpigmentation common with latino/hispanic skin?
Yes, hyperpigmentation in Latino/Hispanic skin is very common and can be caused by having acne that was left untreated, treating the skin too aggressively and improperly, or sun damage.
Q: Latino/hispanic skin tends to be very sensitive to products containing "benzoyl peroxide" - can you recommend any products not containing that?
When used properly, the dangene skincare line or the Obagi products are fantastic on Latino/Hispanic skin types.
Q: Latino/hispanic skin tends to produce high amounts of "sebum." can you explain what "sebum" is and is there a product/procedure that can help prevent this from happening?
The sebaceous glands are microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily/waxy matter called "sebum," to lubricate and waterproof the skin and hair. Sebum levels are higher in men than women because of their higher levels of testosterone. We can manage the appearance of the skin and it's ability to dissipate the sebum on the skin's surface through acne treatments, Retin A, special acne products and a special setting on the LED light machine.
Q: Is it important to use facial cleansing products designed specifically for latino/hispanic skin?
No - products should be customized depending on each person’s specific skincare needs, not all Latino/Hispanic people have the exact same skin type.
Q: It is a common misconception that darker skin tones are safe from uv rays - how important is it to wear sunscreen?
Darker skin types are usually the most sensitive to everything - even when it comes to sun exposure. Having said that, everyone needs to wear a zinc based sun protectant.
Q: What is a good way to get rid of dark under-eye circles?
Oxygen therapy, LED light therapy and vitamin K products are fantastic for under eye circles. Vita K by Sanitas is a really great treatment cream to wear at night to help reduce under eye circles.
Q: Are chemical peels too harsh for latino/hispanic skin?
Yes, all those harsh peels contribute to hyperpigmentation in Latino/Hispanic skin, that’s why our special in house peels and potions are so great - approved for all skin types!