Just as not all skin types can use the same skincare products, not all skin tones can handle the same types of laser and aesthetic treatments. Despite your research on how to prepare for laser hair removal, you may not be aware of how different skin tones can react differently to various treatments.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal can be disastrous or extremely painful if you visit a provider or clinic that is not catering to your skin tone. San Francisco-based dermatologist Dr. William Kwan shared with Fashionista that some of the consequences could include "blistering, scarring and irregular skin color — [and] unfortunately, some of this can be permanent." Luckily, your CosmeticPerks membership provides unlimited free consultations, so you can find your perfect fit.


Four of the most common laser hair removal devices are Ruby, Nd:YAG, Alexandrite, and Diode. Each of these devices have different advantages. For patients with darker skin tones, Nd:YAG and Diode are most commonly used.

  • Nd:YAG: This laser effectively removes hair follicles from any skin tone, because of its innovative ability to differentiate pigmentation.
  • Diode: Diode is most effective for light to medium skin tones, but can generate results for nearly all skin tones.


The science behind laser hair removal leads those with high-color contrasts (hair versus skin) to typically respond best and without complications. However, new treatments such as the ND:YAG and Diode lasers have proven effective by incorporating longer wavelengths, leaving them better equipped to remove your unwanted hair follicles.

Facial Treatments

Skin tone also comes into consideration when choosing aesthetic facial treatments. Acne, aging, and other skin conditions don’t discriminate, but unfortunately not all nonsurgical treatments are designed to work on medium to dark skin tones. Many new and innovative treatments, such as Clear + Brilliant and Fraxel, now provide results for every skin type to treat and resurface the skin for darker complexions.


  • Clear + Brilliant: This laser can combat the signs of aging by gently improving skin's texture and tone, as well as the appearance of pore size. These quick treatments are generally recommended every 4-6 weeks to maintain a smoother, more radiant glow from within.
  • Fraxel: This noninvasive laser treatment stimulates natural collagen production to smooth creases and pockets that cause wrinkles and scars in the skin. The light energy laser addresses these target areas to reverse the visible effects and signs of aging.


Through constant innovation, new hair removal and facial methods will continue to emerge for all skin tones. Discussing all of your options with your licensed cosmetic provider will allow you to find the best services and treatments to fit your needs and goals.