Latin/Hispanic Skin Overview

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To maintain the health of your skin, talk to our world-renowned skin care experts about your Hispanic skin care needs. At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our cosmetic and medical dermatologists are second to none in diagnosing and treating skin conditions for all skin types, including those specific to your Latino skin.

Mocha, tan, bronze, olive, honey, and caramel are all commonly used to describe the tones of Hispanic skin. However, there’s also the white or pale skin of Latinos whose heritage traces to Spain or Portugal or the darker skinned Latinos whose ancestry goes back to Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, or any of a dozen other African countries.

Latino skin is typically more resistant to sun damage and less prone to wrinkling or premature aging than those with lighter skin. People with Latino skin types react differently to injuries, sun damage, aging, and other common conditions depending on where they are from.

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Fine Lines and Wrinkles Treatment

Latino skin is typically more resistant to sun damage and less prone to wrinkling or premature aging than those with lighter skin. People with Latino skin types react differently to injuries, sun damage, aging, and other common conditions depending on where they are from.

Many of the following disorders are not limited to those with Hispanic skin, but your skin type might react differently to skin conditions or disorders than other skin types, so you should know more about how common disorders could affect you.

Melasma

Melasma causes you to develop brown patches on your skin, particularly on your face, and it can severely affect your self-esteem. Sun exposure and hormone changes are two common triggers of melasma, but acne, an insect bite, a skin rash, or burns could cause melasma to develop, as well. A similar condition called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) can also develop from these same triggers.

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology offers a variety of treatment options to clear up Latino skin and restore its tonal balance. Learn more about melasma at WebMD.com.

Vitiligo

Vitiligo is an unpredictable condition in which areas of skin on your body lose pigment, resulting in irregular white patches of skin. It is thought that vitiligo is an autoimmune disease, which means your immune system attacks healthy cells in addition to its normal function of protecting you from unhealthy cells. In the case of vitiligo, your immune system attacks healthy cells that give your skin its color, resulting in the loss of pigment.

In some people, the condition clears itself up or can be managed with treatment. In others, the patches of skin don’t regain color even with treatment, so stronger treatments are utilized. A consultation with a skin specialist at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology will help decide which Hispanic skin care treatment is the best option for you.

Wrinkles

If Latino skin tone is olive or lighter, a person is just as susceptible to wrinkles as those with lighter skin. However, you’re less susceptible to wrinkling if you’re a Latino with darker skin. If you do have facial wrinkles or creases, a variety of common Hispanic skin care treatments is available to you, including retinoid creams, dermal fillersBotox, and laser therapy.

The best treatment options for your condition are based on the severity of wrinkles and your skin tone, among other things.

Acne

People with Latino skin types are no more or less prone to acne outbreaks, but you might be more prone to developing cystic acne, which happens when a pimple turns redder, becomes more tender, and fills up with pus. Your dermatologist has to be very careful that treatment doesn’t cause skin discoloring.

Further complicating Hispanic skin acne is that your skin is more sensitive to the benzoyl peroxide found in most common topical medications. As a result, you likely would need a specialized, custom treatment plan, which could include a combination of therapies.

Don’t ignore your acne because it almost certainly leads to acne scarring. Contact the dermatological experts at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology to learn which Hispanic skin care treatment or treatments are best suited for you.

Skin Cancer

White or lighter skin is more susceptible to the UV damage caused by sun exposure, but Hispanic skin is not immune, even though it has more melanin for greater protection. Consequently, many people with Latino skin mistakenly believe that sunblock is unnecessary because their darker skin means invulnerability to sun damage. But this is dangerous, as rising cancer rates amongst the younger generation of Latinos in America illustrate.

Don’t ignore an abnormality in your skin, such as discoloring or inflammation that doesn’t go away. Seek early diagnosis and treatment to reduce your skin cancer risk.

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Actual un-retouched patient before and after Voluma for facial contouring and Botox for wrinkle reduction by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Voluma for facial contouring and Botox for wrinkle reduction by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Voluma for facial contouring and Botox for wrinkle reduction by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Voluma for facial contouring and Botox for wrinkle reduction by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Voluma injections to the midface and jawline and Botox for wrinkle reduction by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Voluma injections to the midface and jawline and Botox for wrinkle reduction by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Botox for wrinkle reduction and Voluma to add volume to the midface and jawline by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox for wrinkle reduction and Voluma to add volume to the midface and jawline by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Voluma to add Volume to the midface and Botox to reduce wrinkles by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Voluma and Botox injections to reduce wrinkles and add volume to the midface and jawline by Dr. Fabi
Actual unretouched patient before and after Clear + Brilliant to treat pigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Clear + Brilliant to treat pigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Boen
Actual unretouched patient before and after photodynamic therapy (PDT) to treat acne by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after photodynamic therapy (PDT) to treat acne by Dr. Goldman
Actual unretouched patient before and after Botox injections for glabellar lines by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox Injections for glabellar lines by Dr. Boen
Actual unretouched patient before and after Jeuveau treatment for forehead lines by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Jeuveau injections for forehead lines by Dr. Boen
Actual unretouched patient before and after Jeuveau injections in the forehead by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Jeuveau injections to the forehead by Dr. Boen
Unretouched photos of patient before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatments for pigmentation by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatment for pigmentation by Dr. Goldman
Unretouched photos of patient before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatments for pigmentation by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatment for pigmentation by Dr. Goldman
Unretouched photos of patient before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatments for pigmentation by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatments for hyperpigmentation by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Voluma injections to contour the chin by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Voluma injections for chin contouring by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatments for dog bite scars by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after filler treatment for keyhole pout lip augmentation by Dr. Butterwick. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after filler treatment for keyhole pout lip augmentation by Dr. Butterwick
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Restylane injections to reduce eye bags and dark circles by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Restylane injections to reduce eye bags and dark circles by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Voluma injections to augment the cheeks by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Voluma injections to augment the cheeks by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Dysport injections to treat glabellar lines by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Dysport injections to treat glabellar lines by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Botox injections to reduce forehead wrinkles by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox injections to reduce forehead wrinkles by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Botox injections to treat forehead lines by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox injections to treat forehead lines by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Botox injections to treat glabellar lines by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox injections to treat glabellar lines by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Botox treatment for masseter reduction by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox injections into the masseter muscle to slim the jawline by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatment for scar reduction by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatment for scar reduction by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser treatment for scar reduction by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Picoway laser treatment for brown spots and sun damage by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after PicoWay laser treatment for brown spots and sun damage by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Clear + Brilliant laser treatment for sun damage and brown spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Clear + Brilliant treatment for sun damage and brown spots by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposculpture to reduce submental fat and contour the neck by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposculpture to remove submental fat and contour the neck by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual laser to treat pigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual to treat pigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after IPL photofacial to treat hyperpigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after IPL photofacial to treat hyperpigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Goldman

Videos

Clear + Brilliant Laser Treatment for Darker Skin Types (2:52)
Keyhole Pout Injections with Dr. Butterwick (2:15)
IPL Photofacial for Dark Spots and Redness (2:41)
ThermiLift Skin Tightening with Dr. Groff (2:01)

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