Skin diseases occur in all types of people regardless of their skin color. Certain skin problems are more common among people with darker skin tones. These include hair loss, Ringworm, keloids, razor bumps, “Ashy Skin” and increased or decreased pigmentation to name a few. Cells called melanocytes determine skin color. All races have the same number of these cells but people with skin of color produce more pigment in the melanocytes (pigment cells). It is true that people with skin of color are better protected against most skin cancers; however, melanoma may occur in these individuals on their palms, soles, nails and mucous membranes. Therefore, protection for the skin as well as regular observation is important. A dermatologist should evaluate a new dark mark or a mark that changes size, shape or color immediately.
Here at Great Lakes Dermatology we provide general skin care and also specialize in treating skin of color.
Great Lakes Dermatology has seven clinics located throughout Southeast Wisconsin to best serve our patients’ needs. We are now seeing patients at our new Capital Drive office located at 8532 West Capitol Drive, Suite 202 in Milwaukee.
Most insurance plans including state and federal programs (Medicaid/Forward Card) are accepted. We look forward to being your first choice for you and your family’s skin care needs. Call us today at 414-336-7010 to schedule an appointment.