I perform many waxing procedures throughout the day. From the many responses from the waxing, I get asked often about laser treatments. A laser treatment is a resurfacing of the skin that uses beams of lights to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, scars, sun damage, warts, and more. Even though doctors perform laser treatments, it is important for estheticians to know how and why they are used.

YAG, yttrium aluminum garnet, laser is the appropriate type for ethnic skin. This laser penetrates the skin to absorb energy leaving the top of the skin intact. Ethnic skin will burn if the proper laser is not used, therefore it is imperative to know which laser will be used on your skin.

Furthermore, as an informed consumer, if a product says it’s a facial cleanser or moisturizer, doesn’t mean it’s the right product for you. Many people think that the same skin care regimen works as well on African Americans and Hispanics as it does on non-ethnic skin types.

Certain issues with ethnic skin show signs of dark spots, acne, keloid, discoloration, and facial bumps due to shaving. One way to determine how to treat your skin is to determine your skin type and condition. There are five different skin types (normal, oily, combination, dry, and sensitive) to consider. Within those skin types, the face can be a combination of either of these. In addition, the esthetician will know how to treat your skin type as well as know what is the condition and previous medications. That should be known before a treatment is performed.

Products made for specific skin types and conditions are recommended since darker skin types deal issues such as melasma, or dark patches and dark spots. Be careful to use correct products since, irritation, skin discoloration and bump formation is likely to form. Also, use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 when outside and touch it up throughout the day

See your esthetician regularly for monthly facials and a skin care regimen. She will consult with you on the best ways to treat your skin.