Your genetics and skin color
When trying to correct or avoid hyperpigmentation, discoloration, and dark spots, you need to consider your ethnic background.
Beyond the the Fitzpatrick skin typing system . Obagi divides skin types into three categories based on your racial and ethnic background
- Original: this refers to people whose ancestors basically came from one place. You could be white, black, or Asian. - In today's society this is a hard to confirm, which leads us to the next category
- Mixed: most people in the world fall into this group. Your ancestors have mixed racial genetics. When using chemical peels or laser treatments on people in this group, skin care professionals need to recognize that deeper procedures are possible, but with caution.
- Complex: this category also hails from a racially mixed background, but has less stable skin than the mixed type. The skin has a natural uneven tone, dark in some areas and lighter in others, and is very sensitive to the sun. India, Pakistanin South and North American native people as and surrounding regions, may have this skin type. When treating these patients, physicians need to be very careful because their skin cannot tolerate deep treatments without a long period of topical skin conditioning before and after.