Black Skin Care

Conveniently located to serve the areas of Baltimore, Columbia, Ellicott City and Maryland

A darker skin tone is often prone to developing hard-to-treat hyperpigmentation. Black skin care includes treatments and products that target dark spots on melanated skin tones. Though hyperpigmentation can develop in all skin types, it is much more common in patients with darker skin. (1) It is important to treat hyperpigmentation in these skin tones with techniques that do not worsen dark spots, but that also refrain from lightening the overall skin tone. Dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, and facials are all optimal and safe treatment options.

The experts at Metamorphosis Plastic Surgery perform a wide array of non-surgical aesthetic procedures to rejuvenate the skin. Under the guidance of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Markmann, we serve patients in and around Baltimore, MD. Our medspa is fully equipped to accommodate those with all skin tones and areas of concern.

If you experience hyperpigmentation and seek to safely and effectively treat it, please do not hesitate to schedule a private consultation with us. Call our office at (410) 465-3600 or fill out this form to book your appointment today.

About Black Skin Care

All skin contains a certain amount of melanin, categorized as either eumelanin or pheomelanin, that determines the hue of the patient’s skin tone. Darker skin contains large quantities of eumelanin, whereas lighter tones consist mainly of pheomelanin. Brown and black skin tones contain greater amounts of the dark brown pigment (eumelanin) that protects patients from sunburn. This explains why those with low levels of melanin burn much easier than those with more. That being said, patients with all skin types and tones are encouraged to wear sunscreen when in direct sunlight to protect their complexions. (2)

Skin tones ranging from III-VI of the Fitzpatrick Scale encompass patients with brown, dark brown, and black complexions. These patients are prone to developing hyperpigmentation as an increase in melanin production leads to dark spots. This is commonly brought on by sun exposure, genetics, certain skin conditions, acne, age, and inflammation. (2)

Black Skin Care Treatments

To treat hyperpigmentation, professionals utilize methods that will affect the targeted pigment, but leave the surrounding skin unaffected.


As a minimally invasive exfoliating treatment, microdermabrasion uses a wand with crushed diamonds to remove dead skin cells. It promotes quick healing on the epidermis by causing controlled injury without affecting the internal dermal layers. The DiamondTome microdermabrasion device passes over the skin and uses suction to remove the unnecessary dead cells to make room for healthy new growth.


This simple procedure requires the technician to remove the outer layer of skin carefully with a surgical blade. Dermaplaning safely rids the face of sun spots, scarring, and other skin imperfections without damaging the epidermis. We typically perform treatments like dermaplaning before treating the skin with microdermabrasion to achieve optimal results.

Chemical Peels

For a more complete removal of skin layers, patients may opt for a chemical peel from Dr. Markmann and his team of experts. During this treatment, we apply a specifically-formulated chemical solution to the skin. This solution works to remove the layers of skin in which your hyperpigmentation resides. Metamorphosis Plastic Surgery offers both superficial and medium chemical peels which target certain depths and address different skin concerns.

To treat hyperpigmentation, you may receive a medium peel containing Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA). We apply this acid solution onto the skin and neutralize it after a few minutes to safely remove the outer layers of skin that contain the pigmentation concerns.


During this combined treatment, patients receive microdermabrasion, a chemical peel, and an oxygenating facial. Glo2facial technology utilizes an innovative machine to perform a 3-in-one luxury facial experience for our patients. To exfoliate the epidermis, we use a special handpiece attachment to remove dead skin cells and open any clogged pores. Glo2facial treatment oxygenates the face by increasing its CO2 levels by combining nutrient-abundant capsules and treatment gel.

This powerful process cleans the skin, removes dead skin cells, and primes the area for a healthy, bright, and clear complexion. To top the treatment off, our experts analyze your skin’s condition beforehand to create a personalized combination of nutrients. This increases your benefits and improves your results.


Patients can receive a hydrafacial as an alternative to chemical peels and other more abrasive treatments. This facial utilizes a special device that combines skin cleansing, pore extraction, and topical serums to detox and revitalize the skin. This Treatment is done by way of Vortex technology, a gentle and non-invasive way to clear toxins out of the skin and rehydrate it for long-term rejuvenation. We cater each hydrafacial to the patient, targeting specific skin conditions like acne, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines or wrinkles to personalize treatment and enhance outcomes.

This treatment offers several super serums to boost the experience and add nutrients back into the skin. These include helpful growth factors, vitamins, conditioners, and antioxidants to smooth your skin’s texture and tone.

ZO Skin Health

To elongate the health of your skin and protect from further sun damage, medical-grade skin care brand ZO Skin Health is a perfect addition to your daily routine. This line of products is the brainchild of dermatologist Zein E. Obagi developed to dive deep into the skin’s layers to maintain a healthy glow. To treat hyperpigmentation, the line includes pigment control products that contain 4% hydroquinone, the gold standard topical for treating unwanted pigmentation and sun spots.

Incorporating a professionally-formulated skin care routine can significantly enhance the results of in-office treatments. Dr. Markmann and his talented staff are equipped to navigate you toward the appropriate products that work with your skin, not against it.

Benefits of Hyperpigmentation Treatments

Black skin care treatments not only reduce hyperpigmentation, but they greatly enhance your complexion by:

  • Reducing Pore Size
  • Improving Texture
  • Firming the Skin
  • Evening the Tone
  • Reducing Wrinkles
  • Replenishing Volume

Each treatment is:

  • Safe and Effective
  • Easily Repeated
  • Nonsurgical
  • Versatile
  • Combinable
  • Revitalizing
  • A Solution to Photoaging
  • Suitable for All Skin Types

Am I a Good Candidate for Black Skin Care?

Virtually every patient is suitable for the treatments listed above. Our experts create a customized procedure plan that caters to the individual’s needs and specific skin concerns. The ideal candidate is someone with darker toned skin who is in good health with signs of sun damage or hyperpigmentation. It is also important to have reasonable expectations and a positive outlook about your possible results.

Patients who have active acne, a cold sore breakout, rosacea, or have recently undergone irritating treatments like a chemical peel may not be good candidates for some treatments. Those with active breakouts are good candidates for the less abrasive treatments that will not increase inflammation.

Private Consultation at Metamorphosis Plastic Surgery

At our Ellicott City office, you will meet with one of our experienced medical professionals to discuss your cosmetic concerns. We will closely examine the treatment area and inquire about your medical history. If you have a history of certain skin conditions, be sure to mention them during this initial appointment. If you are a good candidate, we will then create your personalized procedure plan and schedule your next meeting with us. Some patients may receive their first treatment at the end of this consultation.

Recovery & Results

Whenever the skin experiences controlled damage or exfoliation, patients should refrain from using harsh chemicals like retinoids or vitamin C until the outer layer is completely healed. Your care team may supply gentle cleansers and products that will not irritate the skin. Each treatment type requires different recovery periods. For example, a patient healing from a chemical peel will need more healing time than someone who received dermaplaning. Make sure to inquire about healing protocols during the initial consultation.

After these treatments, your skin will be smoother and more even. The sun spots will fade and new, healthy skin will replace them. Some of these hyperpigmentation treatments are commonly repeated to achieve optimal results. We will assist you in scheduling your future appointments.

Cost of Hyperpigmentation Treatment in Baltimore

Hyperpigmentation treatments range widely in price depending on the process, the condition of your skin, and whether you need multiple sessions to achieve your cosmetic desires. Metamorphosis Plastic Surgery offers financing options to help you receive the skin care you deserve without worry.

If you are ready to take the next step towards reducing stubborn hyperpigmentation, please call our Baltimore office at (410) 465-3600 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.


How does hyperpigmentation develop?

Hyperpigmentation can be caused by many factors including genetics, sun exposure, hormonal changes, and certain medication use. It happens when the skin overproduces melanin.

Can acne cause hyperpigmentation?

Yes. Often called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, skin discoloration can be a result of ongoing injury or inflammation of the skin. After the acne heals, you may notice a dark spot replacing it.

How can I prevent new hyperpigmentation from forming after treatment?

You should always wear sunscreen when outside. Try to avoid irritating skin care products and cosmetics to limit inflammation or skin injury. Treating the conditions that cause hyperpigmentation, like acne and eczema, not only clears your skin but also helps prevent new dark spots from forming.


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