Skincare for Mediterranean & Olive Skin

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For patients with Mediterranean/olive skin shades are an array of ivory, sand, warm beige, honey, caramel, mocha, almond, to espresso. Furthermore, beauty ideals also differ greatly between cultures, religions, and regions.

Patients with olive skin tones and shades are more resistant to developing fine lines and wrinkles, but pigmentation issues such as melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), and uneven skin tone can be more problematic. PIH is skin darkening due to inflammation, injury, or trauma, and is worsened with sun exposure. PIH may occur after acne, burn, abrasion or scratch, rash, surgical incision, or a procedure. Melasma is a skin condition where patients develop brown patches on the cheeks, forehead, and/or upper lip, and is worsened by sun exposure, female hormones (pregnancy, birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapies), light, and inflammation. We recommend daily sunscreen usage and encourage you to practice safe sun techniques to help protect against skin cancer and pigmentation issues. To improve your hyperpigmentation issues, your board certified dermatologists at The Pearl Dermatology will develop a customized approach for you which may include prescription creams, physician based skin care lines, chemical peels, microneedling with PRP, or lasers.

Those patients with a background from Eastern Mediterranean countries are more prone to dark under eye circles. This is in part due to genetics, but can be very troubling for patients as they feel they appear tired all the time. These dark circles are due to increased pigmentation coupled with loss of volume (fat) under the eyes, which progressively increases with time. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane, can be injected off label under the eyes to improve hollowing while skin brightners and lasers can be used to reduce pigmentation.

Patients with lighter to medium skin tones are more at risk for developing fine lines and wrinkles, so collagen stimulating skin care products such as retinols, growth factors, and C products are a beneficial addition to your skin care routine to help reduce your wrinkles. Your dermatologist may also recommend procedures to help build collagen for example Ultherapy, microneedling with PRP, or laser resurfacing. Fillers containing hyaluronic acid, Restylane or Juvederm, can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds. Finally, to help relax fine lines around the eyes and forehead, Botox or Dysport can be used.

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