Essential African American Skin Care Advice

African American men and women have unique needs when it comes to caring for their skin.  However, African American skin care need not be a hassle or an inconvenience.

Black skin care is important no matter what  type of black skin you have no matter if it is dry or oily.  Whatever your skin care requirements, there are enough African American products for skin care will help all kinds of needs.

When you look into skin care for African American skin, you should keep in mind that melanin may not react the same to any kind of product.  Should you choose the wrong products, you could experience discoloration that can last anywhere from a few months to a few years.  Still there are several factors you need to keep in mind whenever you begin your skin care regime.

African American Skin CareConsistency is important for skin care.  Find a safe and simple regime and keep with it.  If you have a problem with dry skin, cleanse your face once a day.  If you want to care for oily skin, you may want to cleanse your face at least three times a day.  As with any other type of skin care, avoid harsh cleansers or irritating items such as loofahs or puffs.  Gentle care is best.

Suncare For Black Skin

If you take any type of medication, find out how it will react with your skin.  Medications such as acne medications, antibiotics, birth control and cancer treatments can have an effect on sun sensitivity, so you need to use a sunscreen.  Speaking of which, you also need to protect all tones of skin from sun damage and skin cancer, even darker tones.  Although darker skin tones do offer some protection from UV rays, it is still susceptible.  Moisturizer or sunscreen with an SPF 15 to 30 should offer sufficient protection.

Other options are available for those who seek more advanced treatments that require the assistance of a dermatologist or physician.  Should you choose to look into any type of treatment such as a facial peel, microdermabrasion, laser treatment or prescription acne drugs, be sure you find someone who is an expert in African American skin care.  These more complex skin care options do carry some risks, so you want to make sure your skin will not be ruined.  Furthermore, even if you do not seek these therapies, you should consult a dermatologist immediately if you experience any type of skin problems such as acne.  Prevention is a key element in skin care.

Learn how to choose the best products for your skin care regime.  If you choose to try over the counter or nonprescription treatments, find a product especially designed for your skin type.  Products for sensitive skin may be best for darker skin tones, particularly those with dry skin.  You need to find out if your skin type is right for harsher treatments that have ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid as they can have adverse effects on many skin types.   If you are uncertain as to what products you should use, try them sparingly in the beginning and take note of how your skin reacts to them.

black skin careSkin care for African American women (and sometimes men) can include another factor to consider: makeup.  Of course you need to match your makeup with your natural skin tone for the best results.  However, you also need to consider your skin type when choosing your makeup.  If your skin is dry, you want to use oil-based makeup.  On the other hand, if you have acne-prone and oily skin, water-based makeup is the best choice.

Black Skin Care For Women

Black skin care for women need not be expensive.  Many dermatologists prefer cheaper store bought brands than the more expensive options because they tend to be just as effective if not more.  Just be sure more makeup does not have an adverse effect on your skin regime that includes six factors in taking care of your skin: cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, noticing conditions and impurities, nourishing and protecting.

Black Skin Care For Men

Black skin care for men is similar and in many cases the same as that for women, but men have a few other factors to consider.  One of the most common problems men encounter in their skin care regimes is pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB), otherwise known as in-grown hairs that form much dreaded razor bumps.   African American men can take some precautions while shaving the face or scalp to help prevent PFB.  Shaving daily with sharp, single-bladed razors and disposing of them regularly (every two to three days) will help prevent razor bumps since dull razors are more likely to irritate the skin.  Using shaving cream very liberally helps since it softens the skin and makes it less likely to curve and pierce the hair making it grow inward.  If you don’t need a particularly close shave, you can use clippers instead of razors.

Since there is no cure for PFB, you will have to look into treating the bumps and inflammation associated with the condition.  Prescription creams & cosmetics such as hydroquinones, retinoids and topical antibiotics are all ways to reduce bumps and dark marks from PFB.  If you are considering other hair removal methods such as electrolysis, laser hair removal or Vaniqa, be sure you find an expert in these methods as results can be long term or permanent.

Your Diet Also Affects Your Skin

Healthy Diet For Healthy African American SkinOther factors that you need to consider that you may not associate with skin care also need to be kept in mind.  Drinking alcohol, smoking and high fat diets are all bad for your skin.  Alcohol dehydrates skin making it look dull and dry and leaving you more susceptible to fine lines.  Smoking also contributes to wrinkled skin and premature aging.  One thing you need to remember in the fight for healthy skin: water!  Water is good for you inside and out, so not only should you cleanse your face but drink eight to ten glasses of water a day.

African American skin care is important for all skin tones and skin types.  Find a skin regime that works for you and stay with it.  The result is beautiful and healthy skin that not only looks great but makes you feel good as well.

5 Responses to “Essential African American Skin Care Advice”

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  1. Carol Thomas says:

    I have dark skin but, I have a skin condition thats inherited from my family. This condition is all over my body, white blotches breaking out lowly but my legs are very bad and, I love the wear shorts in the summer but can’t because of this pigmentation on my legs its covered with white spots. I haven’t gone to a doctor yet to get it treated because, I was hoping to find what, I needed online.

  2. Luv says:

    Hi Carol

    Thanks for getting in touch,

    Unfortunatly I am going to have to ask that you see a doctor, if you want this problem fixed as quickly as possible then they are your best bet.

    Dont feel shy about showing the doctor your condition, trust me, its just like another day at the office to them and nothing to worry yourself with honey.

    What I would also suggest in the meantime, you could alway try and wear some nice dark tights when you are in shorts, sure your legs will still be covered but you can get tons of fashionable tights and leggins that look and feel good on shorts.

    Hope that helps and thanks for reading the site!

    Becca

  3. jenifer johnson says:

    please help me find a make-up foundation for persons who are african american, with, sebehrea dermatitis on face, large open pores, severe acne scaring with medium brown skin tone complexion

  4. Luv says:

    Hi Jen

    Thanks for dropping by, have you seen a dermatologist yet?

    I would defo check to see what their opinion will be for you first before you buy any more makeup. Hey, check this Yahoo! Answer I found, may be helpful for you.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070920194834AAz6FO5

    As well as a video from Youtube here

    Any more questions please let me know.

    Becca x

  5. Kelli says:

    I do not know what product to use on my skin I have dark spots and bumps all over my face.

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