This story is a part of The Melanin Edit, a platform in which Allure will explore every facet of a melanin-rich life — from the most innovative treatments for hyperpigmentation to the social and emotional realities — all while spreading Black pride.
We’ve done a deep dive and found a lack of knowledge about melanated skin is common in general dermatology — and now we’re hoping to change that. As the saying goes, after knowledge comes action. Black folks tend to face entirely too much difficulty when looking for a dermatologist who is not only trained for but deeply passionate about assessing and treating melanin-rich skin. Factors such as location and just not knowing what to ask or look out for are often the main barriers to finding good care.
And while medical professionals of all backgrounds can treat melanated skin, it has been proven that Black dermatologists are often equipped with personal experiences and cultural upbringing that are necessary for mitigating the bias that has long run rampant in the medical space. Knowing how skin conditions show up on deeper tones and being well-versed on the best methods (and ingredients) to recommend for skin phenotypes IV-VII (light brown to black skin) comes with the territory.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of Black board-certified dermatologists from across the country — from New York City to Los Angeles (and many places in between) — who are specialized in a variety of medical dermatological concerns, including hair loss, hyperpigmentation, and acne, as well as experts on the practice of cosmetic and surgical dermatology. This isn’t a comprehensive list but hopefully will serve as a start. If you’re looking for even more options specific to your state, we recommend checking out blackdermdirectory.com.
It’s never too late to learn more about the skin you’re in, and we’re hoping that directories like this will not only make finding a dermatologist easier but will continue to empower the Black community to protect the skin we’re in — and love.