You've heard Dr. Schultz state that exfoliation is the single most important therapeutic skin care treatment you can do. Due to a higher risk of hyperpigmentation, people with darker skin need to stay away from certain treatments and procedures. What about exfoliation? Skin peels? And chemical peels? In this episode of DermTV, Dr. Schultz discusses whether or not you can exfoliate if you have dark skin. People with darker skin have more melanin pigment, which means they are more prone to causing additional, undesirable darkening of the skin. While Dr. Schultz believes exfoliating is important to having and maintaining beautiful, healthier and younger looking skin, exfoliating dark skin must be gentle and not create a clinically apparent skin injury or else it will probably cause uneven hyperpigmentation. Make sure to test the product for a few days on a small area in front of your ear to make sure there isn't any irritation or discoloration, and start with the lowest strength available.