Dermalogica launches free course on treating melanin-rich skin

Dermalogica is launching a free online course for skin professionals on Treating Melanin-Rich Skin.

The education was designed to strengthen therapists' fundamental understanding of and treatment of melanin-rich skin, specifically those categorised as Fitzpatrick levels IV-VI.

The brand explains that this skin type is often vastly under-represented in the professional skin care industry's training curricula, resulting in a learning gap that can lead to inequalities in care, from the initial client consultation through skin analysis and treatment.

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.
  • Module two 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 the types of ingredients to use and avoid when treating melanin-rich skin.
  • Module three 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.

Heather Hickman, VP of Education at Dermalogica, comments: “Dermalogica was literally born from the idea that industry education could and should do more to set skin therapists up for success. 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.”

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

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