If you’ve got a darker skin type then you’ll know it comes with certain concerns that are unique to you. For example, you’ll be more prone to hyperpigmentation and ingrown hairs as well as something called dermatosis papulosa nigra.




While they’re often mistaken for moles or warts, they’re neither. Dermatosis papulosa nigra (DPN), are benign growths (seborrheic keratosis) that look like small, darker-coloured lesions and often occur in a cluster on the face and neck of those with darker skin. Morgan Freeman’s got them on his cheeks and so did Nelson Mandela.


DPN can affect both men and women and are caused by a genes, ageing, unprotected sun exposure or a combination of all three. Fortunately, they’re not cancerous but they can increase in number and size and many choose to have them removed as they appear for cosmetic reasons.


A quick fix


At Skin Renewal, was have many lasers that are perfectly safe and effective to use on darker skin types. (It’s important to know that not all lasers agree with darker skin and, if you’re using the wrong one, it can be a costly exercise that does nothing at best and burns you at the worst!)


The ‘colour blind’ laser we like to use for the safe and painless removal of DPN is the long pulsed Nd: YAG laser for the safe and painless removal of DPN. Initially, straight after the procedure, they might get a little darker before fading away but we speed up this process by using a skin-lightening agent to pre-treat your skin before the procedure.


For the record, our Nd: YAG laser does a great job of laser hair removal on darker skin types too!


Make your appointment today


Whatever skin condition is concerning you, be it DPN or something else, know that you’ll find highly skilled doctors at Skin Renewal who have lots of experience in treating darker skin tones.


Give us a call today for expert advice, proven products and cutting edge in-office treatments to help you create a more beautiful, healthier-looking complexion.

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Renewal Institute offers its clients a holistic and integrated approach to anti-aging. This includes non - surgical anti-aging procedures - weight loss programmes, body sculpting procedures as well as health renewal diagnostic screening, nutraceutical supplements, IV detoxification and gene screening for hereditary diseases. The aim is to provide optimal health and well-being and to restore the aesthetic beauty of our patients. 16 Luxurious clinics can be found across Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. There are also 24 Medical Doctors all with a special interest in aesthetic medicine and integrated healthcare. They are supported by a qualified team of registered nurses and fully trained therapists. Renewal Institute was founded by Dr Maureen Allem in 2005 and its fast paced expansion and growth is testament to its team’s aesthetic knowledge, professionalism and personalised care of each of its clients. The choice to join the company’s Radiant Loyalty Programme is offered to all new clients. It’s generous and easily attainable rewards is the company’s way of giving back and rewarding its client loyalty. Most Popular Procedures include: Skin Renewal: Injectable treatments using Botulinum toxin and Dermal fillers, chemical peels, pigmentation and rosacea treatments, lips and eye rejuvenation, sun damage reversal, age-defying facials, jaw line definition and acne treatments. Body Renewal: Medical weight loss programmes, cellulite and body sculpture with fat freezing treatments, hair and vein removal (sclerotherapy), stretch mark treatment, and hand, neck and décolleté rejuvenation. Health Renewal: Health renewal integrative consultation, bio-identical hormone balancing, nutritional supplement advice, IV vitamin therapy and IV detoxification. Oasis Spas: Five of the Skin, Health & Body Renewal branches offer their clients spa treatments providing massages, facials, hair waxing, manicures and pedicures. To find out more about holistic anti-aging: www.skinrenewal.co.za 0861 SKIN SA (7546 72)

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