Our Favorite Dark Skin Loving Dermatologists
Much like skincare products aren’t a one size fits all, neither are dermatologists. Much like other healthcare providers have specialties that aren’t in their title; geriatric care, orthopedic issues, diabetes, etc. Dermatologists have specialties as well; skin cancer, acne, anti-aging, and treating people with a higher melanin content. Below we have compiled a list of some of the best in the field.
Dr. Carlos Charles
Dr. Charles’ office, Derma Di Colore, is located in the neighborhood of Chelsea in New York City. He has studied and trained extensively at Weill Cornell Medical College-New York Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and has been at his current practice for 4 years. He specializes in treating issues such as hyperpigmentation, pigmentary disorders, acne, and pseudofolliculitis, as well as many other conditions that tend to occur in people of color more often.
Dr. Pearl E. Grimes
Dr. Grimes is the Director of the Vitiligo & Pigmentation Institute of Southern California located in Los Angeles, California. She also serves as Clinical Professor of Dermatology at UCLA. Just a few of her specialties are: hyperpigmentation, post inflammation hyperpigmentation, and melasma. She has also won awards such as the prestigious Dermatology Foundation “Practitioner of the Year” Award and the Women’s Dermatological Society “Mentor of the Year’ award.
Dr. Cheryl M. Burgess
Dr. Burgess operates 2 practices located in Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, Maryland. She is recognized as an authority on non-invasive cosmetic procedures both domestically and internationally. Dr. Burgess has developed and patented a unique technique of aesthetic enhancement using dermal fillers and neuromodulators to combat signs of aging. She is also a co-founder of Black Opal Cosmetics!
Dr. Marcy L. Street
Dr. Street works with a team of other dermatologists and surgeons in an office located in Okemos, Michigan. She is the first African-American female doctor fellowship-trained in a treatment for skin cancer, called Mohs surgery. Her office is one of a very limited number in Michigan to offer MelaFind, an FDA-approved device used to detect melanoma in its most curable stages. Some of her other specialties are hair restoration and sexual wellness.
The Skin of Color Center
Consisting of an array of dermatologists that specialize in the unique concerns of people of color, The Skin Color Center is located in New York City and is a part of Mount Sinai West. Their staff specialize in treating conditions such as uneven skin tone, razor bumps, extremely dry skin, and a host of other issues. This is great because if the first doctor you see notices that you need to see a specialist for an ailment they don’t typically treat, there will be another right in the same office.
Finding a dermatologist that specializes in the unique needs of people of color can be a challenge, but it certainly isn’t impossible in the age of the internet. If you are looking for a dermatologist and the ones in this list aren’t near you or not in your insurance network, you can always Google their names and see what lists they show up on or awards they’ve won. Then look for a doctor in your area with the same credentials.