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The Best Skin Treatments for Melanin-Rich Skin

Are you wondering how to take care of melanin-rich skin? Here are the top skin treatments to keep it healthy and tackle issues like hyperpigmentation, dark spots and uneven tone.

While many makeup brands are becoming more inclusive, there is still not a lot of information on how to take care of melanin-rich skin. No matter the skin tone, all skin has the same basic requirements. Everyone benefits from sun protection, antioxidant support, help with cell turnover and moisture. However, people with darker skin tones have specific skincare requirements and issues. A significant distinction between skin tones is how melanin-rich skin reacts differently to even slight irritation with hyperpigmentation. Because melanin-rich skin cells contain more lipids than lighter phototypes, you are more likely to develop acne. Additionally, melanin-rich skin has more layers than skin with lighter tones. As a result, you require skin treatments and products that can penetrate deeper into your skin for optimal hydration.

But what is melanin? All skin contains melanin, a pigment that is produced naturally. The amount of melanin in your body impacts the color of your skin. The more melanin your skin produces, the darker it becomes. Taking care of melanin-rich skin can be tricky. So, we have compiled a list of some of the best skin treatments for your skin type to help you get healthy and radiant skin.


If you have melanin-rich skin, microneedling is one of the best skin treatments to try. Most microneedling procedures to treat acne scars, stretch marks, fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation are safe and well-tolerated by all skin tones. Skin treatments like Morpheus8 that combine microneedling and radiofrequency also have the added benefit of tightening the skin. Additionally, they use micro-injuries to stimulate collagen for firmer, more radiant skin with no downtime. Since the energy is delivered precisely to the dermis instead of the epidermis, where high heat might induce pigment changes, most radiofrequency microneedling devices are generally safe for melanin-rich skin.

Chemical Peels

Exfoliation is crucial for melanin-rich skin. However, skin with more melanin requires extra care when exfoliating. Chemical peels are one of the best exfoliation options since they remove dead skin cells, smooth the skin's surface, and reduce the appearance of discoloration and dark spots. However, not all chemical peels are safe for melanin-rich skin because they can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. We recommend choosing mild chemical peels that use a variety of anti-inflammatory ingredients to help the skin calm down more swiftly. This reduces inflammation and the chance of pigmentation for people with darker skin tones.

Laser treatment

Laser skin treatments are an excellent option to improve your skin tone and texture. However, people with melanin-rich skin tend to stay away from laser skin treatments. Because, in the past, when using lasers on melanin-rich skin, the extreme heat and overactive melanocytes caused discoloration and burns. However, with advancements in technology, numerous safe laser skin treatments that give spectacular results are available on the market. AdvaTx at Biolite is one of the best laser treatments for people with melanin-rich skin. It is the first hybrid laser treatment to incorporate rejuvenation (1319 nm) to treat multiple conditions, making it the most cutting-edge solid-state yellow vascular laser (589 nm) worldwide. People of all ages and skin tones can benefit from this laser treatment without risk. Due to the variety of scan patterns available with the AdvaTx laser, our experienced practitioners can easily tailor the way the laser energy is applied to your skin, based on its needs and the areas being treated.

Want to learn more about skin treatments for melanin-rich skin? Schedule a consultation with us or visit Biolite. You can speak to us on +971 4 346 6641, email on, or schedule an appointment here.

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