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Seeing Life through a Wider Lens, Lupus Warrior Dr. Naomi Jeanty sits down with Specific Beauty’s Dr. Heather Woolery Lloyd


Dr. Naomi Jeanty is our hero. She is beautiful inside and out and a shining example of courage and tenacity in her daily living with lupus, a chronic medical condition with no cure.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1.5 million Americans currently suffer from this disease, with 16,000 more developing lupus each year. Lupus is an auto-immune condition where the immune system becomes overactive. Antibodies (cells that are normally produced to fight off infection) instead attack organs in the body such as the kidneys, heart, lungs, skin, and joints. Approximately 90 percent of lupus patients are women and most of the initial diagnoses occur between the ages of 15 and 44. African-American women are three times more at risk for lupus than Caucasian women.

Although lupus is more common than leukemia, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis, this painful, chronic autoimmune disease remains mostly unknown to the public.


Skin Cancer in African-Americans

Skin cancers are less frequently observed in African-American patients. Most likely, this decreased frequency is due to the photoprotection conferred by the melanin in darkly pigmented skin. But despite the lower risk to this patient population, African-American patients who develop skin cancers are faced with an increased morbidity and mortality, which is often a result of delayed diagnosis in this patient population.

In this column, I’ll take a closer look at the types of skin cancers that most often affect this patient population and discuss typical presentations of lesions in African-American patients.

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Lasers in Ethnic Skin

The use of lasers in ethnic skin can pose a therapeutic challenge due to significant risks of post-inflammatory pigment alteration in this patient population. The greatest risk occurs in lasers with wavelengths in the range of the absorption spectrum on melanin due to the epidermal melanin absorption and resultant thermal injury in richly pigmented skin. In this article we will review lasers that have been studied in ethnic skin and will offer a practical approach to the safe use of lasers in ethnic skin.

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Getting to the Root of Pseudofolliculitis Barbae

First reported in 1908, pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB) is a common inflammatory condition caused by ingrown hairs in the beard area of African-American and Hispanic men who have tightly coiled hair. Fox first noted the condition, and it was later described as pseudofolliculitis of the beard by Strauss and Kligman in 1956.1,2 Present in up to 83% of African-American men, this condition is characterized by inflamed papules and occasional pustules in the beard after close shaving.

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