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BY: LBL Team

4 Safe & Effective Treatments for Dark Skin

Your guide to laser treatments for darker skin tones

Lasers have many uses in the field of aesthetic dermatology and can soften scars, remove hair, and tighten skin, to name just a few things. While it’s now a common misconception that lasers are only effective on specific skin tones, the truth is that they are now safe and effective on almost all skin types and most skin and hair combinations. Here are four laser treatments that are safe and effective on darker skin tones.

1. Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal can permanently reduce hair after a series of treatments, so you can say goodbye to waxing and shaving for good — saving you time and money in the long run. With advancements in technology, all skin tones can now be treated safely and effectively — Nd:YAG lasers are great alternatives to older pigment-targeting lasers. While these lasers still target melanin, they focus on the hair follicle rather than the skin surface above, meaning they are safe for darker skin.

2. Clear + Brilliant

Clear + Brilliant is a fractional laser that stimulates new collagen, resulting in smoother, firmer skin. It’s safe and effective on all skin types and tones and tends to be more gentle than other fractional lasers, requiring less recovery time since it doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply. Topical therapies, like prescription hydroquinone, can help minimize hyperpigmentation in darker skin tones by relaxing pigment-making cells.

3. Laser tattoo removal

After several sessions, laser tattoo removal can permanently remove or fade black and color tattoos. The Q-switch laser is the most common type of laser used in tattoo removal. Several types of Q-switch lasers exist, and each one targets a different color spectrum at different wavelengths. One type, in particular, is safe and effective when it comes to removing tattoos on darker skin tones. This is because the light it creates is not absorbed by the melanin and, therefore, is less likely to result in hypo or hyperpigmentation.

4. Instant Glow Laser Facial

Looking for that extra collagen boost before a big event? Many lasers that are safe for darker skin tones are versatile and can be used in laser facials. The Instant Glow Laser Facial, offered exclusively at LaserAway, uses an Nd:YAG laser to stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of pores for glowy, plump skin. Results are sealed with a soothing hydro serum facial mask and cryogenically-forced air.

Can’t decide which treatment is right for you? Leave it to the skin experts

Want to learn more about these laser treatments? Contact the nation’s leading aesthetic dermatological provider, LaserAway, today to begin your journey towards your healthiest skin yet. Using innovative techniques and cutting-edge laser technology, LaserAway aims to make every experience comfortable, enjoyable, and satisfying. Plus, all treatments are performed by registered nurses, nurse practitioners, or physician associates, so you know you’re in good hands.


1. “Dermatologists Explain the Best Laser Treatments for Dark Skin Tones,” Allure, April 19, 2018.

2. “The Brown Girl’s Guide to Laser Hair Removal,” Glamour, August 20, 2018.

3. “The Use of Lasers in Darker Skin Types,” Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, 2009.

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