If you suffer from sagging skin, the good news is that there are many procedures you could try to tighten it back up. The not as good news is that, depending on your skin color, some treatments might not work well for you. That’s why it’s so important to understand the differences between different skin pigments and how they can be affected by each skin tightening treatment.
It’s All About Oil Glands and Melanin Distribution in the Cells
Melanin is the substance that gives skin its color. It is made by melanocytes. Those melanocytes are slightly different and distributed in different ways in some people. That’s what makes some people have light skin, some have dark, and some have shades that are in between.
Oil glands are also different depending on your skin color. Those with darker skin have larger oil glands. Since dark-skinned people are more prone to oily skin, they are also more prone to other skin problems, such as pimples and acne outbreaks.
Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion Are Bad for Oily Skin
In general, both chemical peels and microdermabrasion are bad for oily skin, whether that skin is dark or not. The reason is that both processes actually strip away the outer layer of skin, which can irritate the oil glands near the surface of the skin. An increase in oil production, combined with already irritated skin from the treatments, can create horrible acne outbreaks. That’s why those procedures aren’t perfect for all people. Although, it’s worth noting that they can be very effective for those that have less oily skin.
Microdermabrasion is Also Bad for Dark Skin
If your skin is both oily and dark then microdermabrasion could be doubly bad for you. That’s because it can disrupt the melanocytes that control the distribution of color in your skin. Essentially, it can create pools of darkness and lightness in certain areas. That could leave you looking much like a spotted dog, with different skin color in the treated area.
Laser Treatments Can Also be Bad for Dark Skin
Much like microdermabrasion, medical laser devices are best left to treating lighter skin colors. That’s because they can heat up and damage the melanocytes below the skin’s surface. The disruption in melanin production can wreak havoc on a person’s complexion. So, if your skin is dark, most lasers should be avoided.
Even so, there are lasers that exist now that can treat some people who have darker skin. The challenge is in locating those specialized lasers. It can be done, but you might also find other skin treatments to be beneficial.
Radio Frequencies and Ultrasound Therapy Alternatives
Any therapies for sagging skin that have to do with sound waves shouldn’t harm melanocytes or oil glands. That makes Ultrasound and RF treatments great choices for those with darker skin. Although, if that applies to you, you should know that these treatments are more mild than lasers and chemical peels. So, you might not see results that are as drastic as you want or expect from them.