THE BROWN SKIN AGENDA
Presented by the Vitality Institute
the Vitality Institute
40%* of the
population are skin
Less than 10%* of all
Dermatologists and Plastic
Surgeons are either Black
treat skin of color.
are dedicated to treating skin of color.
Nia Banks, MD, FACS
Dr. Banks is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In addition, she is a patron of the arts and a charter member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Alia Brown, MD, FAAD
Dr. Alia Brown joined Georgia Dermatology Partners in 2010 after distinguishing herself at Meharry Medical College as an Honor’s Graduate and inductee into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She has published in multiple medical and dermatology journals. She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, Women’s Dermatology Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Dr. Brown specializes in partnering with patients to deliver the healthiest, most beautiful skin possible. As a highly skilled skin laser and surgery specialist, she focuses on cosmetic dermatology, including laser medicine and injectables. She places a high priority on her patients’ well-being and enjoys designing the most appropriate and successful treatment path for each individual. In addition, Dr. Brown enjoys traveling, exercising, and volunteer work with several civic organizations in her free time. Dr. Brown is married and has three children.
Jeanine B. Downie, MD, FAAD
Dr. Downie is a philanthropist and is very involved with the United Negro College Fund, National Public Radio, The Southern Poverty Law Center, Dress for Success, The Junior League, Public Broadcasting Services, March of Dimes, All-Stars, Cares Mentoring, The National Urban League, Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Planned Parenthood, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and several other national and local charities.
Vikisha Fripp, MD, FACS
Dr. Fripp practices at The University of Maryland Capital Region in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where she is the Chairman, Department of Surgery for the Bowie Surgery Center. Dr. Fripp is also the Medical Director of Radiance Day Spa in Washington, DC. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS), and AWS Foundation Board. She is active in the medical community, currently serving as the Vice Chairman for the Board of Medicine for the District of Columbia, a member of the Federation of State Medical Boards Sexual Boundary Violations Workgroup, and a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for Amerigroup DC Medicaid. In addition, she has served on the Medical Executive, Ethics, Peer Review, Credentialing, and Operating Room committees within the hospital.
Corey Hartman, MD, FAAD
Dr. Hartman has a special interest in Dermatologic Surgery, Injectables, Hair Restoration, and Laser Dermatology. He frequently speaks on cosmetic procedures and social media marketing in dermatology at meetings around the country. Dr. Hartman was voted 2016 Best of Birmingham: Dermatologist by the readers of Birmingham Magazine and the 2018 Best Dermatologist by the readers of About Town Magazine. Most recently, in 2020, Dr. Hartman was named physician spokesman and brand ambassador for iconic Old Spice’s skincare lines for men. He also serves on the Advisory Boards for Men’s Health Magazine, Allergan Aesthetics, Galderma Aesthetics, and Revision Skin Care. Most recently, Dr. Hartman was named to the Board of Directors of the Skin of Color Society.
Michelle Henry, MD, FAAD
In her practice at Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan, Dr. Henry believes in using the most state-of-the-art techniques and research-backed methods to provide high-quality and holistic care. She is a fellow in several professional organizations, including the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, where she also chairs the education committee.
Outside of her clinical practice, Dr. Henry is renowned for her research and teaching skills. She’s published a variety of articles and chapters on cosmetic surgery and skin cancer treatment and was a finalist for the American College of Mohs Surgery’s Tromovitch Award. She is currently a clinical instructor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City and has extensive experience teaching aesthetic procedures like laser surgery, hair restoration, and injecting neuromodulators and fillers.
Sumayah Jamal, MD, FAAD
Sumayah Jamal, MD-PhD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, specializing in the skin of color. She conducted her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins and completed her MD-PhD at NYU School of Medicine. In addition, she conducted her Internship in General Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian and her Dermatology Residency at NYU School of Medicine.
Dr. Jamal was Founding Director of the Ethnic Skin clinic at NYU School of Medicine for 13 years until she joined the Schweiger Dermatology Group, where she currently serves as Program Director for the Skin of Color Speciality Clinic.
Chesahna Kindred, MD, FAAD
Dr. Kindred has several publications concerning an array of dermatologic topics, including co-writing chapters in leading dermatology textbooks. Her publications include but are not limited to hair loss, skin cancer, and treatments in patients with skin of color. Philosophically her focus of “Empowering through beauty” has resonated with patients worldwide. Understanding the desire people have to feel as beautiful outside as they do within, Dr. Kindred helps them achieve the balance that allows people to feel complete. True beauty is not about vanity but instead about empowering one’s self to have the confidence to live life to the fullest.
Katina Byrd Miles, MD, FAAD
Dr. Miles has more than 15 years of experience in practicing dermatology and has been published in peer-reviewed medical textbooks and journals. With her advanced training in the use of the dermatoscope, she is an expert in skin cancer detection and treatment. Dr. Miles is also a specialist in the skin of color. She is passionate about treating and preventing hair loss and other skin conditions that commonly affect ethnic skin.
Wendy Roberts, MD, FAAD
Dr. Roberts is the recipient of two Presidential Citations from the American Academy of Dermatology, Certification of Appreciation from the California Medical Association, is the author of numerous published articles, textbook chapters, and is currently writing a textbook on Geriatric Dermatology for Springer Verlag. Dr. Roberts believes everybody can have healthy, beautiful skin throughout the course of their lifetime. Her personal, proactive motto is “Leave no stone unturned until the solution for a specific skin problem is found.” Her goal is that Generational Dermatology will become a household name to empower patients to start early to save their skin.
I get darker in the summer and lighter in the winter, how does that effect the type of treatment?
If the treatment does not target the melanin in your skin then there is no impact on the type of treatment you can receive. If the treatment does target the melanin in your skin, then your practitioner may choose to lower the energy on a device, or to pre-condition your skin prior to proceeding.
How do you recommend prepping black skin for VI peel? I normally use a solution that my skin care company makes with Kojic Acid, Alpha Arbutin, Licorice Extract and a small amount of Lactic Acid for 2 weeks prior to peel to minimize risk of post-peel hyperpigmentation. I have not used VI peel yet but I want to know if this regime can work.
With VI Peels, pre-treatment is not needed. But if you would like to the blend you mentioned would be a great addition.
I am in Metro Detroit Michigan and one of the only Medical Spa’s offering VI Peels in the area. I am also translucent white. How do I gain the confidence of men and women of color that I can properly handle their skin tones? I am confident myself, but being see-through makes people who aren’t my FITZ apprehensive in getting treated by me.
Start small, with your friend circles. Share their successes. Do some IG Lives with persons of color and educate your community on all your knowledge.
As an esthetician performing a VI peel, is there anything different to look out for during the peel application with how darker skin might react to a medium depth peel that differs from how a lighter skin might react?
During application, skin response is typically identical regardless of skin color. What varies is how visible the response is to the naked eye. The darker your patient’s skin is the more difficult it can be to see erythema. Adding an extra 30-60 seconds between layers will give you a buffer to watch for other indicators like crystallization and frosting.
I have a Jamaican client who has bad melasma on the outer sides of her forehead and sun spots (freckles) on her cheeks. We will be starting VI Peels beginning of Sept. What is the best VI Peel to start with and which is the best VI Derm product I should have her use if purchasing all is not an option.
VI Peel Precision Plus is the most tailored to her skin care needs of Melasma and UV Sun Damage. The two key products for melasma and most pigmentary concerns are Skin Lightening Complex and Retinoic Serum. These two products will suppress further pigment and lift existing pigment.
Many of my clients suffer from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne lesions, what can they be using proactively to prevent this from happening if a breakout does occur outside of hydroquinone or vitamin-c for my clients with sensitive skin.
A topical pigment suppressing agent would be ideal. For long term use ingredients like Kojic Acid, Niacinamide, and Vitamin C will be essential. With sensitive skin, take a look at the formula the shorter the ingredient list the better.
Due to inflammation some people of color get with shaving, what peel would you use for folliculitis and pseudo-folliculitis barbae
Looking at the condition itself, we would want to introduce Salicylic Acid. And if they are developing PIH we want to include HQ and KA. VI Peel Precision Plus or VI Peel Purify With Precision Plus can address the needs of the condition, clear the congestion, and brighten the skin.
I heard a myth that Hydroquinone can actually darken hyperpigmentation in darker skin tones, can this ingredient really cause my skin to darken?
The way Hydroquinone works on the melanocyte is to reduce the formation of melanin. It does not darken the skin. But there are some people, when the product is not used according to the doctor’s guideline that can develop a condition called ochronosis.
How can I change my shipping/billing address?
Your shipping and billing address can be updated in your account portal.
What is the best peel for intimate areas underarms bikini on darker Fitz?
VI Peel Precision Plus
I had a African American patient who have a VI precision plus peel. After the peel was finished, and giving the patient their instructions, she stated the only reason why she got the peel was she’s excited about peeling the skin off as she peels, so, with that being said, two weeks later she came in with hyperpigmentation on her face. Currently she is placed on a hydroquinone for the areas of hyperpigmentation. Would you retreat her with another peel and stress the importance again about not peeling the skin of manually?
Patient compliance is a large part of successful outcomes. If you feel the patient will adhere to the guidelines, proceeding with another peel would be appropriate.
The Roberts Skin Type Classification System
Practitioners, please log into VI Academy – Go to “Resources” on the home page, enter the “The Brown Skin Agenda” folder and you will find the Roberts Skin Type Classification
Questions about ToxBooster™ Treatment?
For Practitioners: https://pro.vipeel.com/pages/vi-peel-neurotoxin
For Patients: https://vipeel.com/pages/toxbooster