Considering the beauty industry is just now beginning to consider the needs of women of color at the onset of product development, rather than treat us as an afterthought, it’s no wonder there’s a great deal of skepticism when it comes to Black women seeing dermatologists. As a community, there’s always been a complicated relationship between us and medical professionals (and for good reason), so when it comes to our face and our skin, it’s no wonder many of us approach the thought of visiting a dermatologist with a great deal of apprehension.
Though we’ve already called on licensed dermatologist and Dove partner Dr. Rosemary Ingleton to answer some of Black women’s most asked about skincare questions, we know how important it is to have a one-on-one consult with a dermatologist right in your hometown who can assess your particular concerns and provide ongoing followup care. Of course, that’s far easier said than done, especially when it comes to Black women, so we asked Dr. Ingleton to provide some tips on vetting a dermatologist that is sensitive to our unique skincare needs. Check out what she said in the video above.