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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 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.

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 co-founded. This pioneering organization focuses on teaching under-represented girls 21st century skills in computer programming and introduces them to careers in science.

Summer Skin Care Tips For African-Americans: 

Wear sunscreen, minimum SPF30. It is a myth that black people don’t need sunscreen. Every skin color can get a sunburn. A sunburn means that the skin has been so damaged the skin dies and peels off. Also, sunscreen prevents dark spots and uneven skin tone, which are the number one signs of aging in Black skin.

Wear a hat with a 4-inch brim to fully protect the face from the sun. Add an antioxidant to your skincare regimen.

Wear protective clothing in the sun.

In the summer, trips to the beach and pool can cause the hair to break. Also tight braids, (most frequently done in the summer) can cause the hair to break. Wear a swim cap. Take a hair vitamin. Don’t overprocess hair and avoid braids that are too tight or too thin (micro-braids). If you already have hair loss, avoid braids and extensions.

Dr. Woolery-Lloyd answers your skincare questions when you click over:

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