Acne treatment in darker skin types such as Asians and Middle Eastern patients are slight different compared to treating Caucasian acne. Darker skin types tend to scar more easily, and acne can be associated with skin changes, including darkening of the skin- also known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The Specialist Acne Clinic in Brisbane deals with all types of acne, including treating ethnic patients.

Facts on acne treatments in darker skin types

  • Acne occurs in all races
  • Acne scarring is more common in Asian and darker skin races
  • Darkening of the skin is commonly with acne in these patients
  • Early treatment of acne will prevent scarring and skin darkening
  • Early scarring can be treated with RF or RadioFrequency
  • Established acne scars can be treated with Fractional Erbium laser
  • Darkening of the skin can be improved with chemical peels
  • The use of sunscreen on a daily basis is very important and forms the basis of acne scar treatments in darker skin patients

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Case 3 - Rolling and atrophic scarring on darker skin type

Diagnosis: Rolling and atrophic scarring on darker skin type. This form of acne scarring is very difficult to treat, given skin type
Treatment: CO2 CORE Fractional laser in conservative settings, 4 treatments needed to achieve result given darker skin type. Darker skin patients WILL need more laser treatments as a safety margin is needed.

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Case 6 - Atrophic, box-car, mixed acne scars in Asian skin type

Diagnosis: Atrophic, box-car, mixed acne scars in Asian skin type
Treatment: Fraxel 1550, 5 treatments. In darker skin types, more laser treatments are needed on the side of safety. Darker skin patients have higher chances of post laser skin colour changes, and hence lower settings are needed. The flip side is that an extra one or two Fraxel treatments are needed- all on the side of safety.

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Case 7 - Rolling and atrophic acne scars on background skin type 4

Diagnosis: Rolling and atrophic acne scars on background skin type 4
Treatment: Fraxel laser, 5 treatments. Last photo shows results 1 month post laser. Once again in darker skin patients with acne scarring the treatment parameters MUST be conservative or post laser skin changes can occur. Acne scar revision in darker skin patients is best carried out with FRACTIONAL laser resurfacing - Fraxel or Erbium. In some cases I do use CO2 laser, but do not overlap. Dark skin patients can be treated with laser, but treatment is always conservative.

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