Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery


167-W Jennifer Road
Annapolis, MD 21401 | Directions


2311 M Street, NW, Suite 504
Washington, DC 20037 | Directions

Skin of Color

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Your skin is unique

Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Cheryl Burgess and her exceptional team at the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery and the Professional Aesthetic Image Center, P.C. offer top quality dermatologic care for patients of all ethnicities and skin types. We understand that more richly pigmented individuals face unique skin care challenges. Furthermore, we understand that each patient has unique needs and concerns. We will work with you to find safe, effective ways to achieve and maintain clear, healthy, beautiful skin. Many conditions affect those with richly pigmented skin disproportionately, or require specific diagnostic techniques. These include:
  • Hyperpigmentation (Dark areas)
  • Hypopigmentation (Light areas)
  • Pseudofolliculitis (Razor bumps)
  • Scars
  • Particularly keloid scars
  • Ichthyosis/Xerosis
  • Ashy skin
  • Moles
  • Particularly flesh moles
  • Alopecia
  • Hair loss
  • Eczema
  • Dry, itchy rash

Experience matters

Ethnic skin is sensitive to many common dermatological treatments. A dermatologist may use a specific technique such as laser therapy or chemical peeling on lighter complexioned patients with reliable, excellent results. However, the same procedure performed in the same way could cause scarring, light spots, or dark spots on a patient with more richly pigmented skin. A well-meaning physician, without adequate understanding of skin of color, can cause more damage than the initial problem.

Dr. Burgess is one of a select few dermatologists in the United States with the expertise and experience to provide culturally sensitive, individualized treatment for individuals with more opulent pigmentation. She has penned numerous chapters in medical textbooks, including Cosmetic Products in Dermatology for Skin of Color and Special Considerations in African-American Skin in Cosmetic Dermatology in Skin of Color.

Benefit from technology

Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and our team is extensively trained in the latest techniques. The field of dermatology has evolved dramatically in recent years, particularly in our ability to treat skin of color. Some procedures, such as laser hair removal, were only safe for those with light complexions. Outdated devices or methods may not provide the same benefits, or level of safety as our cutting-edge practice.

Reveal your healthiest, most beautiful skin with personalized care from the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery or The Professional Aesthetic Image Center, P.C. Call us today at 202-955-5757 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Burgess.

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Dr. Cheryl M. Burgess is a board-certified dermatologist who has gained national and international acclaim for her expertise and contributions to the field of dermatology. She founded the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in Washington,
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