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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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 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


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.


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.


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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In addition to our cosmetic treatments, our experts at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology can help create a skincare regimen using medical grade skincare perfect for your skin type designed to maintain the health of your skin. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with an expert who specializes in Hispanic and Latin skin types!


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The information available on this website is provided for informational purposes only. This information is not intended to replace a medical consultation where a physician's judgment may advise you about specific disorders, conditions and/or treatment options. We hope the information will be useful for you to become more educated about your health care decisions.

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