A wide range of ethnic and racial groups comprise skin of color including Black, Hispanic or Latino, Asian, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, bi-racial or multi-racial individuals. Dermatologists refer to skin types and tones on the Fitzpatrick scale IV-VI. 

Dr. Holder advocates for sunscreen use in Fitzpatrick skin types IV-VI. Many patients within these skin types hold the misconception that sunscreen is unnecessary or leaves a pesky overcast. However, we ensure that all skin types are provided with a sunscreen that suits your skin type and does not leave an overcast. Sunscreen is essential to prevent blotchy skin and skin cancer while promoting healthy skin. 

Dry or “ashy” skin

Treated in our Medi-Spa with our safflower oil treatment and restorative aftercare.

Acne Keloidalis Nuchae

Acne keloidalis nuchae are firm bumps that can occur on the nape of the neck in men and women with curly hair. These bumps may become infected and/or enlarged to form keloids and result in hair loss. This condition is brought on by close shaving.

I received a Fraxel Re:store laser procedure at Park Slope Dermatology. The results were amazing and something I hoped for but did not expect. I went to see the doctor 2 months before my wedding and she literally gave me flawless skin where I could wear minimal makeup. Prior to coming to Park Slope, I had very uneven skin (hyperpigmentation), dark spots from previous breakouts and clogged oversized pores.
Coming to New York and visiting Park Slope Dermatology restored my hope that there are caring doctors that are driven in providing excellence for their patients, making them their #1 concern along with their results. My skin hasn’t looked this good since high school, it actually looks better, way better. Dr. Holder is very knowledgeable and has a very unique technique for those with deeper skin complexions or “ethnic” skin. Her numbing technique along with the items she prescribes after the treatment will guarantee you results. I have tried a lot of products, systems and other more painful procedures including chemical peels but none have actually given me the type of results I invested in with this procedure, “Fraxel Laser Restore.” I recommend this procedure and of course Park Slope Dermatology to anyone struggling with skin issues.
Save the money and your time on products that won\’t work or could damage your skin worse and invest in yourself to have better skin. It will be worth it if you are looking for easy, painless results. Also! Results did not take a long time, you will notice a difference in your skin in as little as a week. Yes, you read correctly 1 week. Have faith and it will work.
— Brittany

Dr. Holder’s Comments on Skin of Color

Increasing the reach to this demographic has been the challenge of my career. I am passionate about making a life change in that discouraged person of color who is plagued with acne and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This patient has often already invested mega dollars in cosmetic cover ups that promised the sun and the moon and offered nothing. I am here to help that person of color who feels like their face has suddenly been invaded by the flesh moles (DPNs) on their dad or paternal grandmother’s face. However, the false perception that insurance covers cosmetic dermatology is a challenge. Unfortunately, insurance does not.

After completing my formal training with a dermatology residency at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, I decided to step out of the box and study abroad to enrich my knowledge on novel techniques in treating skin of color from another lens. I studied under the tutelage of Dr. Patricia Dunwell, a consultant dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon with expertise in skin of color in Kingston, Jamaica. My rationale was to study therapeutics in dermatology with a focus on cosmetics in a country where the national motto is “out of many, one people.” This experience allowed me to view a kaleidoscope of skin types – colors and tones. This is the knowledge base that I bring to the table.

Now there are more years behind me than in front of me to serve this community.

We understand the financial burdens so we do offer options to ease the costs of embarking into cosmetic services that insurance won’t cover, such as Care Credit.

I highly, highly recommend anyone who wants a clear and even skin to see Dr. Holder. Not only is she an amazing dermatologist with an extensive knowledge of her craft, she is also attentive and cares about your skin as much as you do. And her staff is just as friendly and attentive. The office itself is a little gem in the middle of Park Slope: it’s clean and cozy and the decor is simply beautiful, unlike the clinical look of many doctors’ offices – the meditation room is wonderful! I later found out that it’s the only Medi-spa in all of Brooklyn!
I went to see her for microdermabrasion, because I thought that’s what I need for blackheads and uneven skin tone. But after examining my skin, she recommended a Revival peel. It was the best thing I’ve ever done for my skin! I peeled for almost a week but the results were amazing: my skin is clearer and brighter after just one treatment (she recommends a series of 6). She provided me a regimen to complement my treatments, which I’m using (and loving it.)
She also examined a small dot I had next to my nose for over a year and recommended it to be removed and examined. I’m so glad she removed it because it was fibrous papule, which can only be removed surgically. If you’re around Park Slope and need to see a dermatologist, she’s the doctor to see. She will listen to your concerns and provide the most effective treatment for you in a beautiful spa setting.
— Kombeh Jobe

Acne Before / After
Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (Ingrown hairs of the beard  – Razor Bumps)
Pseudofolliculitis barbae tends to occur in people with curly hair, most often, people of African descent, but can occur in other ethnicities with curly hair. The hair shaft is curved and turns around and grows back into the skin. This condition is worsened by close shaving. This results in bumps and hyperpigmentation.
Before (top) & After (bottom)
Seborrheic Keratosis
Before – Hyperpigmentation & After – One (1) Fraxel
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
Acne Keloidalis Nuchae
Acne keloidalis nuchae are firm bumps that can occur on the nape of the neck in men and women with curly hair. These bumps may become infected and/or enlarged to form keloids and result in hair loss (Link to hair loss). This condition is brought on by close shaving.
Melasma – Before / After Fraxel Treatment
Before (Left) and After (Right)

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