Age and environmental factors play a large role in the appearance and quality of your skin. But how much does your skin type play a role? Genes are something you can’t control, but something you should pay attention to.
Dermatologists have a system of categorizing skin types. The six skin types are rated from lightest (type I) to darkest (type VI). People who are a category four or above have skin that contains more melanin, which protects them from the sun.
There are certain conditions you are more likely to develop than others, such as the increases risk of various skin cancers because of how fare your skin is and your family lineage. Irish or Scandinavian skin has a much higher susceptibility rate to the affects of the sun and aging. However it is also important to realize that even though you may naturally have more melanin than another person, doesn’t mean you should not be using sunscreen or protection from the sun. There are downsides to having more melanin. More melanin puts skin at a higher risk of scarring and pigmentation problems than those with a lower rated skin type.
Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra is a noncancerous skin condition that is most common among American blacks. It affects 35 percent of American blacks with a lower frequency of those with a farer complexion. The appearance of multiple small, smooth brown or black bumps that are small in diameter typically arise on the face. Dermatologists characterize severe cases by the appearance of 50 of more spots. The rate of occurrence, amount of bumps that appear and the size of each one increases with age, however it has appeared on children as young as seven years-old.
As a fellowship-trained cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Rokhsar is an expert in laser treatments for scarring and in treating Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra and any other skin conditions affecting pigmentation.