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Microdermabrasion for black skin

People with black skin usually have a higher chance of experiencing negative side effects to many cosmetic skin procedures. African Americans often complain of hypo pigmentation as a result of treatments such as chemical peels, laser treatments and dermabrasion.

Hypo pigmentation is when parts of the skin surface turn a different colour to the surrounding areas. Hypo pigmentation is usually directly preceded by skin inflammation which is one of the most common side effects of many cosmetic procedures.


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The reason why black skin is more prone to hypo pigmentation is because African American skin has higher levels of melanin, which is a skin pigment responsible for protecting the skin from sunlight. While this is generally good, the drawback is that when it comes to cosmetic skin procedures there’s a higher likelihood of side effects.

Microdermabrasion, in contrast to many other cosmetic procedures is relatively safe for most skin types including black skin. While there are some people for whom microdermabrasion is not a good treatment, this has nothing to do with skin colour. The reason why microdermabrasion is safer than other cosmetic procedures for black skin is that microdermabrasion only works on the superficial dermal layer of skin. Melanin exists at deeper levels of skin meaning that microdermabrasion shouldn’t interfere with it. Also because microdermabrasion is a relatively gentle treatment it is rare to see inflammation as a side effect of microdermabrasion.