As the United States client population continues to become more diverse in culture and ethnicity, dermatologists and skin care professionals must be ready to deliver personalized care. At the forefront of this preparation is ensuring that there is knowledge of how to care for all skin types and tones to successfully treat skin disorders, enhance beauty, and prevent harm from the misuse of personal skin care products or procedures. Therefore, there must be inclusion in skin care to successfully address skin disparities among clients with skin of color. Clients with skin of color recognize that there is a lack of professionals and resources available to address their skin concerns and that there is not timely access to professionals who understand how to care for their skin problems. They feel left out of the equation with no reliable or standardized skin care approach to meet their concerns regarding pigmentation and inflammatory disorders. They report limited access to care because they must search for a provider who can treat their skin and might still not receive the care they need once they do see a provider. Skin care professionals must be willing to care for clients with skin of color and know how to address their skin concerns to close these treatment gaps. Dermatologists must rise to the occasion and demonstrate to all clients that they are trained and prepared to care for their medical and skin care needs.
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Dr. Margareth Pierre-Louis, MD, MBA, FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist with unparalleled and extensive training in hair loss, multicultural skin care, and telehealth. Dr. Pierre-Louis is the founder of Twin Cities Dermatology Center and Equation Skin Care, a clinical partner of the Miiskin app. She has cared for thousands of patients in academic and private practice and created the term “visible wellness” to reflect an individual’s overall wellbeing. Visible wellness is universal and most evident through healthy skin and hair. Dr. Pierre-Louis created the blood drop facial and visible wellness oxygen facial and serves as an influential beauty consultant for Target Corporation.