Ditching the One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Skincare:

For decades, the Fitzpatrick Skin Type classification, developed in 1975, has been the go-to for assessing skin types based on sun sensitivity. While it offers a starting point, it’s important to recognize that ethnic skin deserves a more nuanced approach.

Melanin Magic and its Quirks:

Melanin, the pigment responsible for beautiful skin tones, also presents unique challenges. Darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation, where an excess of melanin creates uneven patches. This doesn’t mean active skincare is off-limits! However, gradual introduction and lower initial concentrations are key to avoid irritation and unwanted pigmentation.

Peel Power, Tailored for Ethnic Skin:

Professional peels can address concerns like acne, melasma, and ingrown hairs. But not all peels are created equal. For ethnic skin, options like the Institut’ DERMed™ Classic Lifting Peel are specifically formulated to target pigment imperfections while minimizing the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).

Prepping is Key:

To further mitigate PIH, pre-treating skin with specific ingredients is crucial. Azelaic acid, kojic acid, arbutin, vitamin C, and licorice extract are heroes in slowing down melanin production. Using these in your homecare routine six weeks before a peel sets your skin up for success.

Expertise Matters:

Remember, ethnic skin requires specialized knowledge. Seek out trained professionals like those at Institut’ DERMed™ who understand the intricacies of different skin tones and product interactions. We’re passionate about celebrating the beauty of ethnic skin and providing the care it deserves!