skin health equity drives dermalogica’s new course, treating melanin-rich skin
class aims to strengthen industry knowledge and bridge gap in professional education

Los Angeles, CA (January 30, 2023) – Melanin-rich skin tones, specifically those categorized as Fitzpatrick levels IV-VI, are vastly under-represented in the professional skin care industry’s training curricula. Textbooks primarily feature lighter skin tones on models and in medical illustrations, and classes often omit how skin conditions present in darker skin tone variations. This causes a learning gap that can lead to inequalities in care, from the initial client consultation through skin analysis and treatment. Today, Dermalogica will launch Treating Melanin-Rich Skin, a course for skin therapists and future industry professionals to strengthen their foundational knowledge of understanding and treating melanin-rich skin.

The free course is comprised of three self-led modules. Module one focuses on cultural intelligence (CQ) to strengthen communication and improve the client experience.  

The second module delves into the science of melanin and melanin-rich skin structure, exploring how it affects skin conditions such as aging, hyperpigmentation, breakouts, sensitivity, and more. Students will learn how to unlock effective skin treatments for these skin conditions and types of ingredients to use and avoid when treating melanin-rich skin.

The third module addresses advanced skin services, focusing on chemical peels, microneedling, nanoinfusion, dermaplaning, and LED. The curriculum details precautions and contraindications that may be present with melanin-rich skin, guiding the professional on how to perform each of these services successfully.

“Dermalogica was literally born from the idea that industry education could and should do more to set skin therapists up for success,” states Heather Hickman, VP of Education at Dermalogica. “As the leaders in skin treatment education, we’re driven by our purpose to elevate the industry through advanced education and skill development, and that includes ensuring that every skin professional is confident treating every skin tone.”

“Understanding the complexities of melanin-rich skin is both a science and an art,” explains course consultant and board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Alexis Stephens. “This is a much-needed course and a massive step in the right direction in bridging the gap in skin exclusivity.”  

The course, found at, is open to the professional skin care industry, and currently offered in seven languages: English, German, Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese, French, and Mandarin. A certificate of completion is available to print out or share digitally.  

about dermalogica:

Dermalogica is a clinical skin care brand used by skin care professionals around the world. In 1983, founder Jane Wurwand identified a gap in professional skin care training and created the International Dermal Institute to set skin therapists up for success. Wurwand launched Dermalogica in 1986, bucking industry trends in favor of clean formulas, a minimalist look, and commitment to skin health, not beauty.​​

Dermalogica today trains 100,000 skin therapists per year in advanced technologies and services. Products are formulated for the treatment room, used daily in the hands of licensed skin therapists and by millions of people for professional results at home. With its global headquarters in Los Angeles, CA, Dermalogica is made in the USA with products sold in more than 80 countries worldwide. For more information, visit