Interview on common dermatoses of skin of color

During his interview with HCP Live About the presentation at the SDPA’s 20th Annual Dermatology Conference, Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD, FAAD, spoke about dermatoses that commonly affect patients of color.

Woolery-Lloyd is an internationally renowned dermatologist and expert on skin color. She lectures across the country as well as internationally on the cosmetic concerns of people with skin of color.

Woolery-Lloyd’s presentation highlighted common dermatoses such as hair and scalp disorders, pigment disorders and scarring. During the presentation, she reviewed established treatment strategies as well as new ones.

“So when it comes to skin, I mainly treat hyperpigmentation,” she said. “I’ve talked a lot about melasma. Because melasma is probably one of the hardest things I deal with when it comes to hyperpigmentation… So I explained how, first of all, we need to spend time with melasma patients, explaining to them that it is a chronic condition and that we will work together, but there is not one cream or one peel or one procedure that we can do that will get rid of melasma forever. So it’s very important.

She then discussed the different steps of how she recommends helping patients struggling with hyperpigmentation.

“So the treatment and the first phase is actually quite easy,” she said. “But the second phase, maintenance, is where the challenge begins. The other thing I insist on for my melasma patients is sunscreens. I recommend broad spectrum, UVA UVB and ideally also visible light, which contains iron oxides. And the last thing I mentioned is that you can also use oral photoprotection, which does not replace sunscreen, but improves the effectiveness of sunscreens.

Woolery-Lloyd also described various types of research on the topics of her presentation that she says may contain research gaps. An example she gave was that of alopecia.

“When it comes to alopecia and hair loss, there are certainly still gaps, but research in this area is also growing,” she said. “Not as quickly as in the pigmentation area but growing.”

Check out Woolery-Lloyd’s full interview above for more from his presentation at the SDPA 2022 conference.