The skincare industry has long been criticized for lacking diversity, with many products and services catering only to a limited range of skin types. However, in recent years, there has been a growing movement towards inclusivity and representation in the industry, with more and more Black dermatologists and skincare professionals rising to prominence and advocating for greater diversity.
One of the critical challenges facing the industry is the lack of representation of Black skin in skin care products and advertising. This has led to many Black consumers feeling alienated by the industry and struggling to find products that cater to their unique needs and concerns. In response, Black dermatologists have been working to raise awareness of these issues and push for greater representation and inclusivity in the industry.
Black professionals like West Room Cosmetics’ founder and CEO, Dija Ayodele, are taking Black skincare representation further. The licensed aesthetician founded the Black Skin Directory, the world’s first-ever chemical peel information guide for Black and darker skin tones. The directory offers everything from product recommendations to essential skincare and health advice. Ayodele is dedicated to empowering skincare and beauty industry professionals with the knowledge and skills to provide exceptional care for consumers with diverse skin tones.
Lack of access to culturally conscious Black skin professionals
Another industry issue is many Black consumers lack access to adequate skincare services. This is particularly true in low-income communities, where access to dermatologists and other skincare professionals may be limited. Black dermatologists have been working to address this problem by advocating for greater funding for skincare programs and services in these communities and providing educational resources to help consumers better understand their skin and how to care for it.
Overall, the rise of Black dermatologists in the skincare industry is a positive development that is helping to bring greater diversity and inclusivity.
For anyone searching for a Black skincare professional, BLAC has rounded up a growing resource guide to help you along your search. Do you know a Black skincare professional in Detroit, Memphis, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, or DC? Drop ’em in the comments.
|Name||Specialization||Clinic / Institution||Address|
|Dr. Brittany Carter-Snell||Cosmetic & General Dermatology||Carter Snell Skin Center||72 Erskine Street, Detroit, MI 48201|
|Karen Heidelberg, MD FAAD||Cosmetic & General Dermatology||Heidelberg Dermatology||20400 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221|
|Marsha D. Henderson, MD||General Dermatology||Henry Ford Medical Center-New Center One||3031 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202|
|Diane M. Jackson-Richards, MD||Botox and Facial Fillers, Skin Repair and Care||Henry Ford Medical Center-New Center One||3031 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202|
|Shauna Ryder-Diggs, MD FAAD||Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser||CosmedicDerm||17000 Kercheval Avenue,Suite 215, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230|