Laser Treatments and Skin of Color

Laser-based treatments can be some of the most transformative treatments for a client, but also some of the riskiest, as improper application can result in blistering, delayed healing, infection, and even scarring. If your scope of practice includes light-energy devices, you need to know how light energy is absorbed by the skin. Skin of color requires additional consideration when performing laser treatments. UNDERSTANDING WAVELENGTH Lasers…

Chemical Peels and Skin of Color

Chemical peels are an effective treatment in the aesthetician’s toolbox due to their versatility. With the proper acid solution you can treat many skin conditions including acne, rosacea, and fine lines, as well as improve texture and pore size. You must keep in mind, however, that additional consideration and preparation is required when treating skin of color with a series of chemical peels. We will…

Beyond the Fitzpatrick: Alternative Skin Classification Systems

Human beings have been classifying each other for thousands of years. We classify according to religion, wealth, education, politics, race, and more. This compulsion can be quite extreme, as was the case with Felix Von Luschan, an anthropologist who created 36 ceramic tiles of varying colors in order to categorize human skin tones in the late 1800s. This was used in anthropological studies until the…

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