Del Mar Dermatologist Asian SkincareHuman skin is remarkable. It’s colorful, textured, and protective, but it also receives a ton of abuse from its exposure to the world. Not all skin types are the same, but certain ones are more vulnerable to particular skin conditions. Further complicating this is that common treatments for skin conditions don’t always work on your skin if you’re of Asian heritage.

At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology San Diego, our exceptional staff of cosmetic and medical dermatology specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating skin conditions for your and all other skin types, including those particular to the tones and textures of your Asian skin. To learn more about Asian skin treatments and receive a consultation from an experienced dermatologist, call (858) 943-2113 or fill out our online contact form.

Unique Qualities

“Asian skin” is not just one type, though this is essentially true with any race or ethnicity. Japanese skin is different from Chinese skin is different from Filipina/Filipino skin is different from Indian skin. Beauty standards also differ from region to region but everywhere a premium is put on your having smooth, flawless skin.

There are differences between skin types go more than just skin deep.

  • Act Your Age, Don’t Look It – Because Asian types of skin has higher collagen levels and a thicker dermal layer (the layer between the skin surface and the subcutaneous layer deep below), wrinkles don’t develop as readily as they do in Caucasian skin.
  • Layer on Those Creams and Lotions – Asians usually has a more compact top layer (epidermis), so skincare products aren’t absorbed as well as they are with Caucasian skin.
  • Sun Exposed – Asian skin types usually tan more than burn, but sun exposure can hasten or exacerbate the development of freckles, sunspots, and other pigment-related conditions.
  • Skin Trauma – People with Asian skin can trigger their own hyperpigmentation due to skin trauma, even from things as seemingly insignificant as scratches or small insect bites.

All types of skin are gorgeous in their own way, so take care of yours, regardless of hue, and consult with a La Jolla dermatologist often.

Common Skin Conditions that Affect Asians

Dermatologic conditions usually come about due to your skin’s pigment composition and climate adaptability. Accordingly, Asian skin tends to be oilier than other skin types and is susceptible to hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation.

Pigment Changes

Typically, Asian skin is more hydrated than other skin types. As you age, you should expect higher incidences of hyperpigmentation, freckles, and inconsistent skin tone rather than wrinkles as signs of aging. Post-inflammatory pigmentation (PIH) and melasma are common skin disorders among darker-skinned Asians, such as those from nations in South or Southeast Asia.

Melasma is a problematic condition characterized by tan or brown patches on your skin, primarily on your face. It is common in pregnant woman, but also in various South Asian countries with sunny climates.

If you bruise, scratch, or otherwise injure your skin, or if you have skin inflammation, postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) often ensues. Simply put, dark spots or patches can develop anywhere on your body.

Furthermore, another common condition is hypopigmentation, which causes loss of color in your skin on various parts of your body. A well-known form of hypopigmentation is vitiligo, an embarrassing, debilitating condition that makes you self-conscious when in public.

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology offers various treatments that can balance your skin tone.


Asians naturally produce a lot of oil, making you susceptible to acne outbreaks. Often, your acne outbreaks develop into keloids, which can cause permanent scarring if not treated quickly and correctly. Serious acne outbreaks can also lead to PIH.

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology offers a variety of acne treatments for Asian skin, including prescription medications and laser or light therapy. Your treatment will be based on your overall health, the severity of your acne, and other factors that your Oceanside doctor can determine.

Asian Skin Cancer

Don’t let your darker Asian skin lull you into a false sense of security about skin cancer.  While it’s true, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that people with Caucasian skin have higher rates of skin cancer, skin cancer rates are rising amongst people with Asian skin. It’s believed that a major cause for this is the preference of the younger generation in America for tanning their skin, something older generations of people of Asian descent never did.

Take every precaution to limit your exposure to the sun so you can reduce your risk of skin cancer. When you do go out into the sun, cover up with protective clothes and large hats and apply SPF 30 (minimum) broad-spectrum sunscreen.

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Have Questions about Asian Skin Care? Contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology Today

If you have concerns about risks to your skin, or how to care for your skin, contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, the Del Mar Asian dermatology specialists, to schedule a consultation about your particular case and Asian skin treatment options. Call us at 858.943.2113 or visit us online.

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