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  • The Skin of Color Center

    Serving a diverse community means serving a diverse range of patient needs. Patients with pigmented skin, hair, and nails have different dermatological concerns, which is why weopened The Skin of Color Center in 1999 in New York City. The Center features a full staff of board-certified dermatologists with expertise in skin of color, dedicated to providing individualized, culturally sensitive care for skin conditions common to people of color.

    Skin Conditions

    There are numerous skin problems which are more common to or of particular concern in skin of color, including:

    • Uneven Skin Tone (Hyper- or Hypo-pigmentation) — discoloration from acne or other conditions (e.g. Melasma, Vitiligo)
    • Razor Bumps (Pseudofolliculitis Barbae) — bumps and blemishes caused by ingrown hairs
    • Scars (especially Keloids) — excessive scar formation resulting from injury or surgery
    • Ashy Skin (Xerosis) — dry, sensitive skin requiring gentle skin care and strong moisturizers
    • Flesh moles (Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra) — brown moles, most often located on the cheeks, that are common in African-American men and women
    • Hair Loss (Alopecia) — especially hair thinning and breakage resulting from chemical relaxers, braids, and weaves
    • Itchy Flaky Scalp (Seborrheic Dermatitis) — “dry”, scaly scalp
    • Acne and Acne Scarring — dark marks caused by acne are particularly common in skin of color
    • Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) — an itchy skin condition that can be associated with allergies
    • Ringworm (Tinea Capitis) — a fungal infection that can cause flaking and hair breakage when it affects the scalp

    Diagnosis & Treatment of Skin Conditions

    The Skin of Color Center offers a variety of treatment options that take into consideration our patients’ skin type and grooming practices. In addition to general dermatology services, we advise patients on the effective use of skin and hair care products and cosmetics. Since the myriad of choices available for personal care products can be confusing, the center determines the best products for each patient's skin.

    Some of our services and treatment procedures include:

    • Chemical peels to even skin tone, smooth and soften rough skin, as well as to improve acne
    • Laser treatments to reduce hair growth and remove veins on the legs and face
    • Liposuction
    • Laser treatments to treat facial wrinkles, acne scarring, tattoos and warts
    • Sclerotherapy to remove spider veins from the legs
    • Dermabrasion to remove scars
    • Botox & Collagen injections
    • Environmental dermatology (patch & photopatch testing)
    • Hair transplants to restore patches of hair loss
    • Phototherapy & photochemotherapy (ultraviolet light treatment for a number of skin conditions, including, psoriasis, eczema, and vitiligo)
    • Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancer
    • Psychocutaneous medicine (psychological support in dealing with difficult skin conditions)
    • Surgical dermatology

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    425 West 59th Street, 5C
    New York, NY 10019
    212-523-6003