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    African American Skin
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    ejones504 posted:
    What facial treatment is available for african american skin if microdermabrsion is risky?
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    Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi and Welcome ejones!

    This may not specificially answer your question, but thought you may find this informative.

    Ethnic Skin Care: Ask the Dermatologist

    Let me know what you think,
    Elizabeth
     
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    David A Colbert, MD responded:
      Dear Ejones504,


      Facial treatments for African American skin must take into consideration the increased risk of hyper/hypopigmentation. For this reason, it is important to understand which lasers and treatment modalities are acceptable so as to minimize the above noted risks. Microdermabrasion is an option but is technician dependent. Light alpha or beta hydroxyl acid peels as well as NDYAG and fraxel lasers are also reasonable options.












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