Asian/Ethnic Skin

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The term “ethnic skin” can refer to individuals of Asian, African, South European, South American, Middle Eastern, or Native American descent. Aesthetic skin concerns affect individuals with skin of color differently from their caucasian counterparts. And darker-skinned or Asian individuals must also contend with misconceptions about skin protection. Dr. Marie Jhin is a board-certified dermatologist and expert in Asian skin — she offers personalized treatments to address your skin concerns and help you achieve smooth, healthy, and glowing skin. Dr. Jhin also has written books on treating Asian/Ethnic Skin and also utilizes treatments popular in Korea.

Skin Protection

One of the biggest misconceptions about ethnic skin is that they don’t need skin protection. The widespread belief that ethnic skin has a lower risk of skin cancer is false and dangerous. Skin cancer can happen to anyone, including people of color. Everyone must wear broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen daily to protect their skin from sun damage, including Asian individuals. We can recommend sunscreens suitable for each individual’s skin color.

Skin Laxity

Skin laxity affects everyone as they grow older. The gradual loss of collagen and elastin from the skin leads to sagging skin tissues with fine lines and wrinkles. Asian individuals usually experience skin laxity around the forehead, howls, under-eyes, and neckline. We offer microneedling, PDO thread lifts, and other non-surgical techniques to lift facial skin and stimulate natural collagen production, making the skin look smoother and more youthful.


Melasma is a condition wherein the skin develops patches of discoloration, such as grayish and brownish patches. Melasma is more common amongst individuals with darker skin colors, including Asian skin, because they have more melanin in the skin, which can be disrupted by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Whether you’re suffering from melasma, hyperpigmentation, or sun damage, we offer chemical peels and laser treatments to restore smooth skin complexion.


Hyperpigmentation is common with Asian skin. You may suffer from hyperpigmentation for numerous reasons, such as residual pigmentation after acne breakouts, sun exposure, hormonal changes, and more. You may also experience hyperpigmentation because of the wrong settings in laser treatments, which can lead to increased melanin production. We have a strong understanding of Asian skin and always customize our laser treatments to ensure consistent results with minimal risk of discoloration or hyperpigmentation.

Acne & Acne Scars

Asian patients suffering from acne breakouts can quickly develop post-inflammatory pigmentation and discoloration. Furthermore, acne breakouts are more likely to leave visible acne scars in patients with ethnic skin. That’s why it’s important to treat acne breakouts quickly and effectively before you can develop pigmentation problems and deep scars. We offer acne treatments that address the root cause of your breakouts, prevent scarring, and treat scars when they occur.

Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Fine lines and wrinkles are an inevitable part of the aging process. But we can offer personalized wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers, such as Botox and Juvéderm, to suppress dynamic wrinkles and fill out fine lines and static wrinkles. However, individuals with Asian/ethnic skin have different thicknesses of skin, which can affect the outcome of the treatment. Our dermatologist personalizes the dose and selects the appropriate cosmetic injectable for your skin type, ensuring safe and natural-looking results.

Consult Dr. Marie Jhin

Dr. Marie Jhin, the founder of Premier Dermatology, is one of the country’s foremost experts in Asian skin. She is a board-certified dermatologist and spent 10 years as a Stanford instructor. She has also authored numerous books on skin care, including Asian Beauty Secrets and K-Beauty Secrets. As an Asian/ethnic skin expert, she ensures you receive treatments that address your unique skin concerns and goals. Schedule a consultation to initiate your aesthetic journey in San Carlos.