The physiology of black skin is very different to lighter skin tones, and it may be more vulnerable to some skin conditions. One of these is hyper-pigmentation, which can be caused by damage to the surface of the skin.

If you have acne, or have experienced scratches, scars, shaving bumps or other damage to the skin’s surface, you may develop keloid scars or pigmentation problems. Keloid scars are firm and rubbery lesions, usually pink, red or dark brown in colour, that are a result of an overgrowth of tissue at the site of an injury that is slowly replaced by a type of collagen.

Keloid scars and pigmentation problems can be quite marked and visible, which can cause the affected person to feel self-conscious or embarrassed about their appearance. In black skin, these problems are also more difficult to treat, or at least they used to be until specialist types of laser treatment were developed.

Certain laser treatment London clinics now offer advanced laser treatment that is safely and effectively able to treat pigmentation problems and keloid scars in people with darker skin types. You will need an in-depth consultation to find a treatment to suit you and your skin, and then you will undergo a course of treatment to clear up your skin issues.