Dear valued patients,
We are happy to inform you that we are now geared to provide you with a safe and worry-free dermatology experience despite the Coronavirus situation. Another step we have taken in this regard is to have all our staff members vaccinated for COVID-19. Vaccination is one of the main steps we can take to contain the spread of the virus, thereby ensuring the health and safety of our patients and staff.

Both our offices are now fully opened for business and are equipped with WiFi. We have made these additions to make your experience at our office more pleasant, comfortable, and convenient. Please note we are still shipping skincare products and order requests can be made via

For other questions and appointment requests, please call 202 955 5757

Be safe!
Dr. Cheryl Burgess & Staff


167 Jennifer Rd, Suite W
Annapolis, MD 21401 | Directions


2311 M St. NW, Suite. 504
Washington, DC 20037 | Directions

Skin of Color

About Skin of Color - at Washington, DC, and Annapolis, MD

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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