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Thursday, February 4. 2010

Five Things you can Do to Make Your Dark Skin Beautiful.

I live and practice in Los Angeles, California. A significant portion of my patients have darker skin complexion. On a routine day I may see patients with varied ethnic backgrounds.  Asian, African American, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Armenian and American Indian patients make up more than half of my prcatice.

Over the past 10 years I have developed special techniques to treat patients with a darker skin complexion. I usually use a combination of nutritional and lifestyle advice, topical and oral medications, chemical peels, and lasers to achieve my goals.

Here are 5 things you can do to make your darker skin even more beautiful...

1) Sun Protection

It sounds cliche but its vital. Use SPF 15 on a daily basis. Use SPF 30 if you plan to spend more than an hour outside. Patients with an olive skin tone rarely get deep wrinkles. Sun damaged skin shows itself in form of "Liver Spots" and sagging. A significant portion of this aging can be avoided with proper skin protection.

2) Take care of skin allergies right away

I see many patients with dark cricles under their eyes. Some have a genetic pre-disposition but many have allergies to makeup or perfumes. Rubbing the skin around the eyes can damage the lense of the eye and causes dark circles. I ususally treat the allergy and peel or laser away the dark spots.

3) Use Vitamin A at least twice a day.

A little retin A twice a wekk at night does wonders. It gently peels the skin without making you look red or flaky. Try it for 4 weeks and you will become a believer.

4) Plenty of water 

Four glasses of water a day is plenty. I has been shown to hydrate the skin and flush out impurities.

5) Tighten the pores and remove the fine lines

The best way to reat wrinkles is to avoid getting them in the first place! Use a topical skin regimen (such as Clinique Medical or Vivite) to tighten the pores and stimulate collagen synthesis. I also like some topical Vitamin C formulations/serums.



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