Latino skin

  • High rate of acne
  • Tendency for hyperpigmentation
  • Very few studies

Latino people, just like every other ethnic group, suffer from acne at a high rate and are affected in the same way emotionally.1-5 However, the medical community has performed very little research on Latino people with acne. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, "there is a need to understand the variety of dermatologic disorders that manifest in ethnic groups of non-Caucasian skin types."6 But all is not lost. Acne develops the same way regardless of the type of skin a person has, and is also treated in the same fashion.

People with Latino skin experience a higher occurrence of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.6-10 This is a fancy way of saying dark spots which are left behind after acne lesions have healed. These dark spots can take a long time to fade and can be as troubling as the acne itself. Check out the hyperpigmentation section of this page to learn more about post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Treatments for acne are consistent no matter the ethnicity of the skin. With the right regimen, acne in Latino people can be treated extremely well. There is a regimen based on benzoyl peroxide here on acne.org which works remarkably well for Latino people. Another option is Accutane (isotretinoin).

The most important goal is prevention. Preventing acne will prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and potential scarring. Once you get your acne completely cleared up and are actively preventing new lesions from forming, you may embark on one of the methods of treating hyperpigmentation.

  1. Quandt SA, et al. "Dermatological illnesses of immigrant poultry-processing workers in North Carolina." Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health. 2005; 60(3): 165-9.
  2. Quandt SA, et al. "The association of dermatologist-diagnosed and self-reported skin diseases with skin-related quality of life in Latino migrant farmworkers." International Journal of Dermatology. 2008; 47(3): 236-41.
  3. Tendero MP, et al. "Dermatoses in Latin American immigrants seen in a tertiary hospital." European Jounral of Dermatology. 2008 Dec 23.
  4. Vallejos QM, et al. "Self report of skin problems among farmworkers in North Carolina." American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2008; 51(3): 204-12.
  5. Paek SY, et al. "Skin diseases in rural Yucatan, Mexico." International Journal of Dermatology. 2012; 51(7): 823-8.
  6. Halder RM and Nootheti PK. "Ethnic skin disorders overview." Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2003; 48(6 Suppl): S143-8.
  7. Taylor SC. "Epidemiology of skin diseases in ethnic populations." Dermatologic Clinics. 2003; 21(4): 601-7.
  8. Alexis AF and Lamb A. "Concomitant therapy for acne in patients with skin of color: A case-based approach." Dermatology Nursing. 2009; 21(1): 33-36.
  9. Shah SK and Alexis AF. "Acne in skin of color: Practical approaches to treatment." Journal of Dermatological Treatment. 2010; 21(3): 206-211.
  10. Ho SGY, et al. "A retrospective analysis of the management of acne post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation using topical treatment, laser treatment, or combination topical and laser treatments in Oriental patients." Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. 2011; 43(1): 1-7.