May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month — collectively reminding us that we need to make an appointment at our dermatologist’s office for an annual skin screening. According to skincancer.org, approximately 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by 70, which means these checkups are an incredibly vital part of good skin health.
A trip to the dermatologist for an annual skin check is essential, but you should also take care of your skin year-round. For starters, you can do this by wearing sunscreen, avoiding tanning beds, and finding a skincare routine that works best for you.
And many health experts take to social media, such as TikTok, to help spread awareness and knowledge. Though there are a lot of questionable beauty trends that occur on TikTok, you can rely on the pros to give honest and reliable advice that you can trust.
If you’re looking to beef up your feed with some skincare expertise in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness month, follow one of these amazing Black dermatologists below. Not only is it important to lift the voices of the 3% of dermatologists in the U.S. who are Black, but they also have personal experiences in treating melanated skin and are helping break barriers in getting the proper care for people of color.
@crobinsonmd DISCLAIMER: Lot’s of #sunscreen was used in the making of this TikTok. #dermatologist #sunscreenreview #vacation ♬ I Got Summer on My Mind – Elli Eli
This Chicago-based dermatologist, featured in The New York Times and Vogue, has a TikTok that is a treasure trove of skincare tips. Whether you need help getting rid of dandruff or some tips on picking out the sunscreen, Dr. Robinson covers it all. Her deep dives into skincare products are also super helpful if you are on the fence about buying something and would like some intel.
Dr. Adeline Kikam, DO, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist, shares everything from exfoliation tips to how to layer skincare on her incredibly insightful TikTok account. Dr. Kikam advocates for inclusive skincare and dermatologic health, especially for people of color. She is also focused on making her TikTok and Instagram pages safe spaces where women of color can open up and feel comfortable asking questions about their skin.
@dermbeautydoc Audit your products! More isn’t better. #dermatology #skincare #skincareproducts #skincaretips #acnetreatment #acneroutine #SephoraLipLooks ♬ That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
Dr. Howard, also known as “dermbeautydoc” on both TikTok and Instagram, is a board-certified dermatologist who is the founder of Girl + Hair, a natural hair care brand, and ANIN Actives, a BIPOC custom skincare line. This New York City-based doctor and beauty entrepreneur have garnered over 2.5 million likes on TikTok alone. Her advice videos cover topics such as treating dandruff, choosing the right skincare products, and the nitty-gritty of pimple prevention.
@drdiannedavis ✨𝐋𝐞𝐭’𝐬 𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫✨ Yes it can be tastefully done! #filler #cheekfiller #fillerbeforeandafter #dermalfillers #drdiannedavis #nonsurgicalnosejob #juvederm #lipinjections #lipfiller #lipaugmentation #restylane #beforeandafter #injections #lipfillers #cheekfillers #lipflip #voluma #vobella #vollure #belatero #injectables #cheekbones ♬ original sound – Drdiannedavis
DiAnne Davis, MD, is a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist based in North Dallas, Texas. With degrees from Tuskegee University, Tulane University, and The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Davis is one of the best in her field. Her specialties include treating issues specific to people of color, hair loss, and cosmetic dermatologic surgery. You can expect her videos to touch on beauty filler, laser hair removal, and sunscreen for all skin types.
Currently the Director of the Skin of the Color Division for the University of Miami Department of Dermatology, Dr. Woolery-Lloyd is a board-certified dermatologist that has been featured in a long list of publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She is also the founder of Specific Beauty, a skincare line that focuses on treating hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. Besides covering all things skincare on her TikTok, you can also expect her to post delicious smoothie recipes, helpful wellness tips, and other health-focused content.
@dralexisstephens Shop with a derm at the @cvspharmacy All in on Skin Event and get up to 40% off! Now through May 28 #cvspartner #skincare ♬ original sound – Dr Alexis
A board-certified dermatologist from Coral Springs, Florida, Dr. Stephens shines a light on common skin issues, such as whiteheads, eczema, and dark spots, and how you can fix them. She frequently posts guides on the best skincare to purchase at affordable places, like Target. Check out her summer skincare picks post to prepare for the warmer weather up ahead.
Board-certified dermatologist and Mount Sinai and Harvard Trained Dermatologic/Mohs surgeon, Michelle Henry, has a TikTok that is a one-stop shop for all things skin-related. Whether you’re interested in taking a look behind the scenes at popular dermatology procedures or looking to debunk viral skincare hacks, Dr. Henry’s account is a great resource.
If you’re looking to learn more about how climate can change your skin, nail health, and representation in dermatology, then give Dr. Alexis Carrington a follow. Currently a Dermatology Resident, Dr. Carrington is also an associate producer at ABC News, where she often weighs in on all things health and skincare-related for the network.
@dr.dermatic Help me, help you. #stitch #dermatologist #skinchecks #skin #nails #psa ♬ Elevator Music – Bohoman
This Kansas City-based board-certified dermatologist often shares her favorite skincare products, drugstore moisturizer picks, and more on her TikTok, with over 18,000 likes. Being the daughter of a vet and a nurse practitioner, Dr. Oliver knew from a young age that she wanted a career in which she could help people — and that’s what she does now! Her feed is also sprinkled with humorous takes on derm life, so you can always expect a good laugh when she puts up these kinds of posts.
Dr. Jennifer David, a board-certified dermatologist based in Philly, was once a member of the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders during the 2004-2005 NFL season. Now she practices dermatology out of Dermatology Partners and is the founder of Skin and Scripts Virtual Dermatology. Her feed is a mix of skin treatments, new product alerts, and dermatologist secrets — she even has videos dedicated to extractions, perfect for those who may be a “Dr. Pimple Popper” fan.