The treatment paradigm for the management of acne is similar when treating skin of colour versus Caucasian patients, Dr. Sam Hanna reported during a presentation at the 2nd annual Skin Spectrum Summit in Toronto on Apr. 16.

“There are many options available for the management of acne sequelae, but when treating skin of colour patients every single [acne treatment] carries different risks than when we treat patients with lighter skin,” Dr. Hanna, a dermatologist in Toronto, said.

“Acne is common across all skin types. I like to initiate therapy for acne early—so that I am not a year, five or 10 years down the road behind the eight ball trying to [treat acne scarring], which we might have been able to prevent,” he said. He emphasized that preventing acne scars is easier than treating acne scars.

“Scar treatment is available, but it is difficult, expensive and has risks,” he said.

Dr. Hanna said during his presentation that topical retinoids remain the mainstay of early topical therapy. He no...

The practice of gluing hair extensions onto the scalp of women of African ancestry should be avoided to prevent the occurrence of alopecia, said dermatologist Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, who presented at the second annual Skin Spectrum Summit in Toronto.

“I am extremely opposed to the use of hair glue,” said Dr. Woolery-Lloyd, dermatologist and director of Ethnic Skin Care in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami. “I recommend to all my patients to avoid glue because it can put them at risk for permanent alopecia.”

Dr. Woolery Lloyd added that the glue used to apply hair extensions is toxic and contains ingredients such as natural rubber, latex, ammonium hydroxide and colour.

Hair glue has been found to be associated with an anaphylactic reaction, said Dr. Woolery-Lloyd.

Presently, there seems to be a movement toward more natural hairstyle practices among women of African ancestry, said Dr. Woolery-Lloyd.

“This natural hairstyle trend will hopefully p...

Early treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD) reduces the flaring frequency and intensity of this condition regardless of a patient’s skin colour, said Dr. Leon H. Kircik, during a presentation at the Skin Spectrum Summit in Montreal on May 14, 2016.

Awareness of the triggers of AD is an important part of treatment and prevention, said Dr. Kircik, who spoke about strategies for managing AD in young patients with skin of colour.

Weather is one trigger of AD, and ethnicity can make a difference in terms of how this environmental factor impacts the skin, said Dr. Kircik, clinical associate professor of dermatology at Indiana University School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Medical Center in Louisville, Ky.

“In the case of Caucasian people, cold weather makes the skin of these patients dry and [the condition] worse. It is different for African Americans—their skin tends to get worse in the summer, because sweating make these patients worse,” he said.

The primary treatments for AD are still topic...

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SKIN SPECTRUM SUMMIT 2020 SERIES is organized by The Chronicle of Skin & Allergy, and the Canadian Ethnodermatology Interest Group.