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Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd is a board certified dermatologist specializing in the treatment of pigmentation disorders. She completed her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University and later earned her medical degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine. She completed her training in dermatology at the University of Miami where she also served as chief resident.

In 2002, Dr Woolery-Lloyd made history when she was appointed the Director of Ethnic Skincare at the University of Miami, heading the country’s first official cosmetic ethnic skincare department at a university.  As the Director of Ethnic Skincare, Dr. Woolery-Lloyd specializes in the treatment of cosmetic concerns common in skin of color. Doctors from across the country refer their most difficult cases to this specialized clinic.

As a specialist in hyperpigmentation, Dr Woolery-Lloyd set out to fill a void that she noticed was missing in her own practice as well as the overall skincare market. In 2010, she created Specific Beauty skincare, a highly effective skincare line with products free of hydroquinone and infused with natural ingredients that deliver radiant, even skin. Specific Beauty skincare has been honored with numerous prestigious awards including beauty awards from Prevention, People, Essence and Real Simple magazines.

In addition to running her business and her practice at the University of Miami, the board certified dermatologist sees patients in private practice.  The dedicated wife and mother of two loves spending with her family and giving back to her community through the Codella initiative which she helped found. This pioneering organization focuses on teaching under-represented girls 21st century skills in computer programming and introduces them to careers in science.

Here are the answers to your skin-related questions: 

What is cystic acne?

Cysts are large tender nodules the face that are sometimes filled with pus.

What is adult acne caused by?Adult acne is often hormonal in women.  Hormones increase oil production and cause the pores to become clogged, causing acne.

What can you do about blackheads?

Start with an over the counter salicylic acid wash like Specific Beauty Acne Wash. Gentle exfoliation can also help. See a dermatologist if blackheads don’t improve for prescription options.

Any recommendations for a remedy for facial warts?

See a dermatologist. There a treatment called Aldara that sometimes helps with warts.

What can you do about blemishes on the face and body?

Dark spots can be treated with Dark Spot Correctors. A great option for the body is Specific Beauty Dark Spot Corrector Pads, because they can treat large areas like the back and shoulders

Is hydradentitis a form of acne? And how do you get rid of it?

It is associated with acne.  It can be treated with topical and oral antibiotics. And you can try an antibacterial soap like Dial Antibacterial Soap. 

For those of us with hormonal problems what can we use?

See your primary care doctor or an endocrinologist. Birth control pills can help manage hormonal acne. There are other treatments like spironolactone that are extremely effective.

What about acne on the cheeks?

Acne on the cheeks is common. Start with a medicated wash that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid like Specific Beauty Acne Wash. An excellent option for the dark spots is Dark Spot Corrector Pads by Specific Beauty because they can help even skin tone and smooth the texture. If no improvement, see a dermatologist for a topical retinoid like Retin A that can help with this problem.

What does it mean when you get acne inside your ear?

Acne in the ear is due to very oily skin.  Usually these are blackheads and can be improved with a treatment that contains salicylic acid.  If there’s no improvement, see a dermatologist for prescription options.

What is the difference between a mole and a blackhead?

Blackheads area raised bump with a black center. With moles, the whole bump is dark in color.

What about acne on the chin for men?

Acne on the chin in men may be due to shaving irritation. See a dermatologist for a topical antibiotic like Clindamycin lotion that can help with this problem.

What about acne under the armpits?

Try an antibacterial soap such as Dial Antibacterial Soap  If no improvement, see a dermatologist for a topical antibiotic like Clindamycin lotion that can help with this problem.

If you have acne, how many times a day should you wash your face?

Twice daily.

I am 52 years old and menopausal on hormone therapy. What could be the cause of acne on my chest and upper back?

Unfortunately, up to 12% of women in their 50’s still experience acne.  Start with a medicated wash that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid like Specific Beauty Acne Wash. An excellent option for the dark spots on the body are Dark Spot Corrector Pads by Specific Beauty, because they can treat large areas like the back and shoulders. If no improvement, see a dermatologist for a topical antibiotic like Clindamycin lotion that can help with this problem.

What effect does raw black soap have on the skin?

It is an excellent cleanser and some people report it can help with breakouts.

Are chemical peels recommended for people of color?

Yes salicylic acid peels  with concentrations of 20 and 30% are safe for people of color.

What about acne produced by in-grown hairs around the chin?  I know tweezers, and picking are a BIG no-no, but what do you recommend to remove the hairs and stop the acne?

Consider laser hair removal with the Nd:YAG, laser which is an excellent solution for darker skin.

What do you think about long term use of bacterial acne meds, like Minocycline?

They do work well but I like to switch to topical treatments for long term maintenance and use the antibiotics by mouth only when needed.

Why do women grow hair under their chin and on their face as theyh get older?

Hormones can cause facial hair with age. Consider laser hair removal with the Nd:YAG laser.

I get blackheads on my knees and thighs. How do I treat and prevent them?

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