Dermalogica course strengthens knowledge of melanin-rich skin

Professional skin brand Dermalogica has launched a new course focussing on treating melanin-rich skin.

The gap in professional education in treating skin tone categorised as Fitzpatrick levels IV-VI can lead to inequalities in care, from the initial client consultation through to skin analysis and treatment. 

Dermalogica's Treating Melanin-Rich Skin course, which is free of charge, aims to strengthen skin therapists' foundational knowledge of understanding and treating melanin-rich skin. through three self-led modules. 

Module one focuses on cultural intelligence (CQ) to strengthen communication and improve the client experience.

Module two looks at the science of melanin and melanin-rich skin structure and how this can affect skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, ageing, breakouts and sensitivity. This module will also look at the types of ingredients to use and avoid when treating melanin-rich skin.

Module three considers advanced skin services looking at chemical peels, microneedling, nanoinfusion, dermaplaning and LED. Therapists will learn how to perform these treatments safely taking into account precautions and contraindications relevant to melanin-rich skin.

Commenting on the launch of the Treating Melanin-Rich Skin course, Heather Hickman, VP of Education at Dermalogica, says:

“Dermalogica was literally born from the idea that industry education could and should do more to set skin therapists up for success. As the leaders in skin treatment education, we're driven by our purpose to elevate the industry through advanced education and skill development, and that includes ensuring that every skin professional is confident treating every skin tone.”

Dr Alexis Stephens, course consultant and board-certified dermatologist, adds:

“Understanding the complexities of melanin-rich skin is both a science and an art. This is a much-needed course and a massive step in the right direction in bridging the gap in skin exclusivity.”

The course is available in seven languages: English, German, Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese, French and Mandarin.