Melanin-rich skin tones, specifically those categorized as Fitzpatrick levels IV-VI, are vastly under-represented in the professional skin care industry’s training curricula. Classes often omit how skin conditions present in darker skin tone variations which causes a learning gap that can lead to inequalities in skin care, from the initial client consultation through skin analysis and treatment. Dermalogica has launched Treating Melanin-Rich Skin, an online course for skin therapists and future industry professionals to strengthen their foundational knowledge of understanding and treating melanin-rich skin.
In this 3 part series, we explore skin conditions and treatments with the leading experts featured in the free online course. In part 1, we meet with expert Karon Kelly Fernando,Education Development Specialist, who takes us through advanced services like chemical peels and why sensitivity is the #1 misdiagnosed skin condition in melanin-rich skin. She also shares her advice for professionals with her top 3 tips as a skin therapist and educator.