When it comes to battling common skin issues like acne, scarring and hyperpigmentation, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Clearing up hyperpigmentation on darker skin tones is an even more complicated task, because not all methods and products were made with melanin in mind. Intensive procedures like chemical peels or laser treatments can end up doing more harm than good, especially if the esthetician you’ve sought out doesn’t specialize in treating darker skin tones. So how are Black women to know what exactly works for them when it comes to lightening dark spots?

We reached out to Dr. Caroline Robinson, founder of Tone Dermatology and a stauch advocate for diversity in the dermatology realm. Her sage advice on how to treat and prevent hyperpigmentation may be the skincare gamechanger that leads to the glowy skin you’ve been dreaming of.

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