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BACKGROUND

 
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DERMATOLOGIST

  •  Dermatologists are medical doctors with specialization and expertise in the diagnosis and management of skin, hair, and nail diseases.

  • Dermatologists use skin disease to diagnose a plethora of systemic medical conditions (e.g. systemic lupus erythematous, cancer, hormonal imbalances, diabetes).

  • Dermatologists perform a wide range of procedures including but not limited to cosmetic enhancements and skin cancer surgeries.

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INTRODUCTION

BLACK DERMATOLOGIST

  • Several studies have identified a trend suggesting Eatients may be more satisfied and favorable health care outcomes with physicians who look like them (3).

  • One study of 200 black women demonstrated that 68% of the patients did not think their physician understood their hair (4)

  • Studies have shown that Black and Hispanic physicians are more likely to care for racial minorities and uninsured patients (5, 6). Thus helping to reduce health disparities (7).

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BLACK DERMATOLOGIST

  •  Aproximately 3% of practicin dermato\ogists are Black or African American (1). However, African Americans comprise 13% of the United States population (2).

  •  Many dermatologists from various backgrounds work diligently and successfully to provide culturally sensitive care.

  • The desire for black dermatologists expressed by some black patients is evident in research data, media, and anecdotal reports.

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SCIENCE OF DARK SKIN

 
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PIGMENT

  • There are NO racial differences in the number of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes).

  • People with darker skin tones tend to show larger, denser, and more dispersed pigment storage unit (melanosome) within the top layer of the skin (epidermis).

  • Patients with darker skin types tend to have less  skin cancer, fewer signs of aging, increased conditions with dark marks.

SCARRING

  • Patients of African descent have been shown to have larger scar producing cells (fibroblasts) which leads to greater scar and keloid formation compared to white patients.

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SCIENCE OF AFRO-HAIR

SHAPE

  • There are NO racial differences in the number of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes).

  • People with darker skin tones tend to show larger, denser, and more dispersed pigment storage unit (melanosome) within the top layer of the skin (epidermis).

  • Patients with darker skin types tend to have less  skin cancer, fewer signs of aging, increased conditions with dark marks.

STRENGTH

  • Patients of African descent have been shown to have larger scar producing cells (fibroblasts) which leads to greater scar and keloid formation compared to white patients.

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SEBACEUOUS (OIL) GLANDS
  • Uneven distribution of sebum from root to tip resulting in  dryer hair

GROWHT RATE
  • Slower

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