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Addressing Safe and Effective Treatments in Dermatology for Skin of Color Patients

March 9, 2015

Sanovaworks responds to dermatology practitioners' increasing need of case-based training and education for skin of color

NEW YORK, March 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- SanovaWorks, Inc. announced today the details of the educational program available at the Skin of Color Seminar Series (SOCSS) taking place May 2-3, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza Times Square, New York.

According to an interview in 2012 conducted by the New York Times, "the diversity of the nation's children is increasing even faster than was previously expected," said William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution. "When the 2020 Census comes around, we're going to have a majority-minority child population."

"There are specific skin and hair concerns that are more frequently observed in patients with skin of color, including pigmentation abnormalities, keloid scars, and hair disorders," says Andrew Alexis, MD, director for the Skin of Color Center at St. Lukes – Roosevelt, New York. "The mission of this event is to educate dermatology practitioners with the latest research and skills necessary to address the myriad of medical issues that are more likely to occur in skin of color patients."

As the same diseases and disorders can present themselves differently with darker skin tones, there is a vital need in the US dermatology field to understand the differences in order to provide the most up-to-date and accurate clinical management for every skin tone and type. The clinical data that is commonly published in US dermatology journals, and therefore a significant source of continuing education amongst US dermatologists, is drawn from studies on Caucasian skin-types. Educational events such as SOCSS are instrumental in closing this gap in knowledge.

Sessions taking place over this day and a half event, include:

Follicular Disorders in Men of Color: Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, Acne Keloidalis Nuchae – Andrew Alexis, MD, Director, Skin of Color Center 
St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY 

Pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB) and acne keloidalis nuchae (AKN) are chronic follicular disorders that disproportionately affect men of African ancestry. These conditions are often therapeutically challenging, requiring pharmacologic, procedural, and behavioral approaches to treatment. Practical approaches to treatment, including topical therapies and laser hair removal will be discussed.

Preventing and Managing Keloids and Hypertrophic Scars – Brian Berman, MD, Voluntary Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery  
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL  

Keloid and hypertrophic scars are common in persons of color since skin types IV-VI often do not heal properly after surgery, incisions, injury or burns.  This presentation will focus on strategies to prevent and minimize scarring and effective treatment options to alleviate keloids and hypertrophic scars.

Disorders of Hypopigmentation/Depigmentation – Rebat Halder, MD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Dermatology
Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC

This presentation will discuss the clinical, psychological and social impact of hypopigmentary disorders and depigmentation including Vitiligo and progressive macular hypomelanosis. Strategies for treatment and setting realistic patient expectations for repigmentation will be offered.

Multisystem Diseases, Ethnicity & Patient Management: Lupus, Sarcoidosis, Hidradenitis Suppurativa – Theodore Rosen, MD, Professor of Dermatology
Baylor College of Medicine
Chief of Dermatology Service
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, TX

This presentation will include a comprehensive overview of strategies for the early identification and differential diagnosis of inflammatory and autoimmune disorders with cutaneous manifestations in patients with skin of color with specific focus on pathogenesis of disease, components of the underlying immune and inflammatory disease process, disease severity, etc. unique to skin types IV-VI.

Now in its seventh occurrence, attendance at the Skin of Color Seminar Series continues to grow rapidly as its educational necessity increases in the dermatology field. To learn more about SOCSS, visit or email


The Skin of Color Seminar Series, led by nationally recognized faculty, takes a case-based approach to train dermatologists on the safe and effective treatment of skin of color through a series of live demonstrations and lectures.

Lisa E. Hughes

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