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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 74, n° 2
pages 348-355 (février 2016)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jaad.2015.09.024
accepted : 12 September 2015
Dermatologic Surgery

Microneedling in skin of color: A review of uses and efficacy
 

Brandon E. Cohen, BS, Nada Elbuluk, MD, MSc
 Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York 

Reprint requests: Nada Elbuluk, MD, MSc, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, 240 E 38 St, New York, NY 10016.
Abstract

In ethnic skin, traditional skin resurfacing procedures such as dermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser therapy can be effective but can also be associated with prolonged recovery and risk of complications. These complications can include a higher risk of dyspigmentation and scarring, and unsatisfactory clinical outcomes. Microneedling is an evolving treatment technique for an expanding number of dermatologic conditions. Microneedling may offer a more advantageous safety profile, particularly in the skin-of-color population (Fitzpatrick skin types IV-VI), compared with more conventional resurfacing modalities. Thus far, it has been shown to be effective for a number of dermatologic conditions in this population, including scarring, melasma, melanosis, skin rejuvenation, acne vulgaris, and primary hyperhidrosis. This article aims to provide a comprehensive review of the literature regarding the efficacy and safety of microneedling in skin of color.

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Key words : acne vulgaris, hyperhidrosis, melasma, microneedling, scarring, skin of color: skin rejuvenation

Abbreviations used : FRFM, FST, PIH



 Funding sources: None.
 Conflicts of interest: None declared.



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