Sun Protection is Important for Darker Skin Tones

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Expert dermatologist Dr. Mitchel Goldman of Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego discusses sun protection and sun damage for people with darker skin tones.

Dr. Mitchel Goldman

For those with darker skin, SPF 30 is generally recommended. It's especially important to make sure to cover all areas of the body that might be exposed to UV rays.

A recent article delves into the problem of sun damage on people with darker skin tones. Many people with dark skin mistakenly believe that they are safe from sun damage and do not need to wear sun protection. However, the sun’s rays don’t discriminate and can cause damage to skin of any color. Leading dermatologist Dr. Mitchel Goldman, director of Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, discusses the importance of sun protection no matter what one’s skin tone is, as well as treatments for sun damage that work on darker skin tones.

“There is a myth that people with dark skin do not get sunburns, sun spots, or skin cancer,” explained Dr. Goldman. “However, while it is true that pale skin is more susceptible to sun damage, dark skin is also at risk. Lower risk does not mean no risk, and dark-skinned individuals should also take care when going out in the sun.”

Regular use of sunscreen can help to prevent skin cancer and sun damage such as dark spots and wrinkles. Skin cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers, yet it is one of the most easily preventable. Awareness of the risk of cancer is important for prevention, for both light and dark skinned individuals. Sun protection is important year round, not only when the weather is warm.

“For those with darker skin, SPF 30 is generally recommended,” said Dr. Goldman. “It’s especially important to make sure to cover all areas of the body that might be exposed to UV rays. People tend to forget their ears, feet, and scalp, but these areas can be damaged just as easily.”

Individuals with dark skin who have experienced sun damage may not know what steps they can take to eliminate it. In the past, laser treatments worked only on lighter skin tones, leaving dark skinned people without one of the best methods for reducing and eliminating sun damage. Thankfully, today there are laser treatments available that can work on dark skin. Modern advances in technology combined with the skills of an experienced dermatologist mean that people with darker skin are able to take advantage of laser treatments that may have been previously unavailable.

"In addition to laser treatments, a variety of skincare products have also proven safe and effective in reversing sun damaged skin in dark-skinned individuals. Your dermatologist is best able to recommend the most effective skincare products for your particular condition," stated Dr. Goldman

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD, is a board certified dermatologist and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery with a distinctive insight into the performance of both aesthetic and medically necessary dermatologic treatments. As director of the landmark Cosmetic Laser Dermatology center in San Diego, Dr. Goldman strives to produce excellent patient care while utilizing the most advanced non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments available.

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