Top Lasers Safe for African American Skin

by in Laser Treatments February 13, 2023

Are you wondering which lasers are safe for African American skin? Previously, people of color were discouraged for using laser treatments since darker complexions are more prone to skin damage and hyperpigmentation when exposed to injury or inflammation. However, these concerns only apply to outdated technology now.

Advanced Technology

Before the new advancements in laser technology, lasers did not differentiate between the melanin in the skin and hair. This could cause hyperpigmentation or scarring. However, laser treatments have made significant advancements and patients can now take advantage of new technology. These new lasers give maximum results with minimal damage to the surrounding skin tissue, particularly on African American skin.

Which Lasers are Safe for African American Skin?

Currently there are a few different lasers that are suitable for darker skin. The most effective, and perhaps the safest laser for darker skin tones uses Nd:YAG laser technology. This laser creates wavelengths that go deep into the skin, effectively bypassing the pigmentation in the skin. So, it doesn’t affect the melanin in your skin, or damage the surface layer. This makes it a safe and effective option for medium to dark skin tones.

Gentle YAG Pro-U lasers safe for african american skin

The Gentle YAG Pro-U is one of the safest hair removal laser systems for darker skin. This long-pulsed laser has a weaker melanin absorption rate. It safely and permanently reduces hair growth. Additionally, the treatment is painless and features a cooling system to ensure your comfort.


While this device uses radiofrequency instead of laser energy, the technologies are similar. Additionally, they target similar concerns. Both treat common signs of aging in the upper layers of skin. This includes discoloration, texture concerns and wrinkles.

Furthermore, radiofrequency energy like what the PiXel8-RF uses is safe for ALL skin types, including skin of color. This device in particular combines fractional bi-polar RF energy with microneedling to improve skin tone, texture and smoothness.

Dermatologist Offers Lasers Safe for African American Skin

Here at Reston Dermatology and Cosmetic Center, our providers understand that there is no one size fits all treatment plan for lasers. We offer a variety of laser technologies and will help you create a safe, effective treatment plan that suits your skin. Contact us today to learn more.

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