For this wellness piece I had the pleasure of interviewing my colleague and friend, Dr. Nina Deep of Nina Deep Aesthetics.
This article will be outlined in a question and answer format.
Question: Dr. Deep, what are some of the most common skin conditions you see through your practice with regard to minority men?
Answer: “In my practice, the most common skin condition I see in men with darker skin (Fitzpatrick Skin Types IV-VI) is a problem with hyperpigmentation and razor bumps from shaving, tweezing, or plucking hair. This is called pseudofolliculitis barbae. It disproportionately affects African-American, Latin-American and Middle Eastern men but is commonly seen in women of darker skin as well. This condition can respond beautifully to carefully performed laser hair reduction treatments. Laser hair reduction is now FDA approved for darker skin since the emergence of the Nd: YAG lasers. Pseudofolliculitis barbae is also improved by shaving immediately after showering, avoiding dull razor blades, and by shaving over each area just once. Shaving bumps can be painful and usually end up discoloring the skin eventually. Patients can expect to see a marked reduction in skin irritation, dark spots, and hair after 4-6 laser treatments. As their hair growth decreases, the skin irritation decreases and the hyperpigmentation naturally resolves…often with 100% improvement.”
Question: Dr. Deep, are there any other skin conditions of concern in this segment?
Answer: “The other common skin issues that disproportionately affect darker skinned men are keloid scarring and vitiligo. I don’t treat this much in my practice but most dermatologists do treat this and it is usually covered by medical insurance.”
Question: What about the issue of sunscreen protection and minority men?
Answer: “I find that most men — regardless of their skin color — do not wear sunscreen routinely. Sun avoidance and the use of sunscreen is the #1 way to protect yourself from the affects of aging on your skin and to protect yourself from getting skin cancer. If there is one easy tip I give to my patients it is to wear sunscreen on a daily basis — similar to taking a daily multi-vitamin.”
Thank you sincerely, Dr. Nina Deep for your thoughtful insights on the matter of minority men’s skin care. For more information or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Deep please see: http://www.ninadeep.com. Until next time — Good health (and skin care) to you!