Best Treatments for Darker Skin Tones

Best Treatments for Darker Skin Tones

February 07, 2024

8 min read

When it comes to your skin, not every treatment is the same. People with dark and light skin tones have different components, with darker tones featuring more melanin. So, when it’s exposed to some lasers or trauma, this type of skin can be affected by hyperpigmentation.

That being said, technology has improved significantly over the past few years. Now, multiple procedures can help rejuvenate the skin no matter what color it is. In this blog, we will go over the most popular options that can help you obtain a beautiful complexion!

Procedures to Consider on Darker Skin Tones

If you have a darker skin tone, the following procedures may help rejuvenate your skin.

1. MOXI™ Laser

MOXI™ laser is a procedure that uses a gentle fractionated laser to trigger the skin resurfacing process. This is a good treatment for patients with dark skin tones looking to reduce visible aging signs or to “prejuvenate” their skin.

2. Microneedling

Microneedling is a skin treatment that creates micro-wounds in your skin, triggering its healing response and collagen production. This helps you reduce a variety of skin imperfections, from dark spots and acne scars to sagging skin and wrinkles.

3. HydraFacial®

A HydraFacial® is a cleansing and nurturing treatment that helps reduce cellular debris and environmental residue from your face. It also ends with a deeply hydrating treatment for the ultimate hydrating experience. As darker skin tones are prone to dryness, this procedure can be highly beneficial.

4. Halo™

Halo™ is a hybrid of fractional lasers that can address a myriad of skin conditions without negatively affecting the tissue. It can help people with darker skin tones reduce enlarged pores, acne scars, and even wrinkles.

5.BBL for Redness

While BBL laser is not recommended in high amounts for people with dark skin, some of it can be effective in treating redness. Our providers will choose the appropriate wavelength, so it does not negatively affect you.

6. Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are often a great way to revitalize skin without having to use a laser. The solution will trigger a skin peeling process, which can reduce imperfections in dark skin tones. The procedure also triggers the skin’s healing process, making it effective for combatting signs of aging.

7. SkinTyte™

Those who are dealing with loose folds and sagging skin can significantly benefit from the SkinTyte™ procedure. This laser skin tightening treatment is gentle and uses infrared technology to reduce imperfections.

8. Forever Clear

While acne is slightly less common in men and women with dark skin, it can still appear and cause damage. Forever Clear is a BBL treatment that aims to reduce acne along with the scars it leaves behind. The laser can minimize your pores and make the scars less visible.

9. Bare LHR

Bare LHR (laser hair removal) uses a specialized device that delivers ultra-short pulses of energy. This damages the target hair follicles but does not affect the surrounding skin. This makes the procedure a good option for dark-skinned people with a lot of melanin in their tissue.

10. Laser Peels

Laser peels are procedures that use a laser to trigger a skin resurfacing process. For people with dark skin, a lower power is often chosen to not trigger hyperpigmentation.

11. BOTOX® Cosmetic

The first fine lines and wrinkles usually appear as a result of muscles contracting unnecessarily under the skin. BOTOX® Cosmetic can temporarily paralyze the muscles, stopping the contractions and allowing your skin to fall back into place.

12. Dermal Fillers

When dealing with facial folds and volume loss, dermal fillers can help restore plumpness to specific areas of your face. You can inject fillers in your lips and cheeks and in most wrinkles on your lower face area.


Chin fat can cause insecurities in many patients, which is why KYBELLA® injections may prove beneficial. The deoxycholic acid in KYBELLA® kills the fat cells in the targeted area and the body removes dead cells naturally over time.

14. PRP Treatments

If you have chemical allergies or want a natural way to rejuvenate your skin, PRP treatments use your own blood to do so. The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) obtained from your blood can be injected into your scalp for hair loss or used to treat your skin with PRP microneedling.

What Procedures Are Not Recommended

While there are many aesthetic treatments to choose from that can enhance your natural beauty, there are also some treatments that can cause more damage than good to darker skin tones. These procedures include:

1. BBL for Pigmentation

When treating hyperpigmentation, BBL needs to be placed at a higher setting. This can lead to more pigmentation in people with dark skin, which defeats the purpose of getting the procedure.

2. Microneedling In Certain Areas

Microneedling is often safe for people with dark skin. However, on certain darker body parts, it can lead to more pigmentation, especially if you are prone to hyperpigmentation.

3. Multiple Laser Procedures

In small amounts, lasers can be safe for people with dark skin tones. However, the more procedures you get, the higher the chances for hyperpigmentation may be.

The Bottom Line

Darker skin tones need a little bit more care due to their high melanin content. Still, there are plenty of treatments that you can undergo without affecting your skin. Set up an appointment with Metropolitan Skin Clinic so we can help you determine the right procedure(s) for your needs.

For more information about the best skin treatments for darker skin tones, you can contact Metropolitan Skin Clinic at 952-288-2230. We can offer you all the details you need for safe treatment. Alternatively, you can set up an appointment with us for a consultation.

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