What you should know about:
DARK SKIN CARE
Dark Skin Care
In order to
have and maintain healthy skin you must first understand why
skin is healty and second you must know what is required to
keep skin healty.
The first step to good skin health is being knowledgeable about
your skin. We clearly know that the melanin in dark skin distinguishes
it from other skin colors. There are several other distinctive
characteristics that may be present in women with dark skin.
|The line of
pigmentation occurring symmetrically and bilaterally along
the lateral edge of the biceps muscle
Skin on middle
of chest that is lighter in color than the skin toward sides
of chest and midsternal
in palms that are darker than skin on the remainder of palms
Kerototic Palmer Pitting:
holes in palms of hand with a dark interior
streaks running from cuticle to end of nails. If, however,
you have a streak on Caution: Should there be a streak on
only one nail, it could be a sign of cancer. See a dermatologist
tissue around teeth
The second step to healthy dark skin is to routinely do a thorough
skin examination on yourself. Traditionally, dark skin is less
susceptible to skin cancer, but when it does strike, it is often
more deadly than compared to most other skin types. Women of
color (and men) should be aware that they are indeed at risk
for skin cancer and that early detection is very important.
At the very least, you should examined your skin from head to
toe once a month, paying particular attention to your hands,
fingers, feet, toes, nails and mouth, where melanoma type skin
cancers are more likely to appear in dark skin people. Look
for dark brown or black skin spots in these areas no matter
the size. Pay particular attention to new spots or spots that
are becoming larger. The change can also be in shape or color
or a raised bump that develops within the skin spot. A bump
on the foot or toe that is sore or does not heal is another
sign of skin cancer. Be on the lookout for dark streaks or lines
along your fingernails or toenails. If you find anything unusual,
any area that you think might have changed or any particularly
dark or irregular spot, see your dermatologist as soon as possible.
Cancer Institute recommends the following steps for checking
for signs of skin cancer. Use a mirror to check all areas including
your hands, feet, nails, back, scalp, buttocks and genital areas
1. Check both
the front and back of your body using a mirror, and then with
your arms raised, check the left and right sides.
check your palms and forearms, including the undersides and
your upper arms and arm pits.
3. Examine the
back and front of your legs, as well as between the buttocks
and around the genital area.
4. Examine your
feet, including the soles and spaces between the toes.
5. Examine your
face, neck and scalp.
The third step to ensure healthy dark skin is to insure that
your skin has maximum protection from the sun. Though the average
woman with brown skin has a natural SPF of 13 (which means you
can stay in the sun without burning 13 times longer than a woman
with white skin), we still need to include sunscreen in our
daily skin care routine for healthy skin. Sunscreens work by
absorbing the harmful ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B
(UVB) rays before they can affect the skin. Sunblocks create
a protective barrier that reflects UV rays, causing them to
bounce off the skin. For most women of color, a sunscreen with
an SPF 15 (which means you can stay in the sun 15 times longer
without burning) is sufficient, but if you have certain medical
conditions, such as lupus, or take certain medications, or have
dark marks or skin discolorations, you may need a sunscreen
with an SPF 30. Look for broad-spectrum products containing
ingredients that protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
women (and men) should use sunscreen daily.
apply sunscreen 20 minutes before exposing your skin
to the sun.
generously to skin (face, neck and hands).
additional sunscreen after exercising or swimming.
use sunscreen after expiration dates or after one year.
before applying makeup.
Use a sunscreen
that meets your personal preferences.
The final step to care for healthy dark skin is to nurture your
skin. Use only the highest quality soaps, cleansers, toners,
moisturizers, astringents, anti-aging products, and anti-acne
toners or astringents containing alcohol, propylene
glycol, fragrance, or dyes.
containing essential oils that are concentrated oil
extracts from plants.
containing fragrance, lanolin, dye, alcohol or propylene
containing fragrance, oil, PABA.
acid in high concentrations or at certain pHs.
and fabric softeners containing fragrance, dyes, or
Now that you
are aware of ingredients to avoid in maintaining your dark skin,
you can concentrate on the proper cleansing technique for maintaining
your skin. Many women with dark skin make the mistake of over-cleaning
of the face, neck, elbows and knees. Mostly too often or too
roughly. But most skin care problems like acne, dark marks,
clogged pores are not caused by dirt. You do not need to use
harsh products or rough cleansing techniques to clean your skin.
Use the following
cleansing techniques for guidance.
your face daily to remove dirt, oil and makeup.
cleansers or cleansing products, which tend to irritate
facial skin with your fingertips, massaging gently in
a circular motion.
designed for your skin type only: oily, dry, normal,
combination, sensitive, acne-prone or hyperpigmenting.
if you need to remove dull, dead skin cells by using
gentle exfoliating acids found in skin products-but
test the product on a small patch of skin first or check
with your dermatologist.
In conclusion, to properly care for dark skin requires knowledge
of its unique structure and properties. Monthly self-examinations
and protection from the sun are essential for the health of
this skin type. Avoidance of products that irritate dark skin,
and can lead to dark marks, is essential.
What you should
know about: African American Skin Care & Brown Skin
Black Skin Care
Black skin (people from Africa, Native Australians,
African-Americans, Caribaeans, Other Islands) where people have
darker skin than northern European people, have an increased
amount of melanin in their skin. Melanin is the pigment in the
skin that protects the skin from sunlight. Melanin why black
people stay younger looking than white skinned people. The melanin
pigment in the skin protects it from the sunlight by slowing
down the aging process. Although, as black people age, their
skin often becomes irregularly pigmented. This shows up as dark
patches on the skin. Irregular pigmentation can also be caused
by inflammation. If an area of the skin becomes inflamed or
red from an insect bite or from an acne pimple, a brown area
can be left behind until the redness or inflammation subsides.
The secret to
black and dark skin beauty is to understand the many undertones
found in darker skin. It's important to know your own skin and
choose shades that best complement your natural tones. Black
women skin care is just as easy to follow as any other skin
care. Different types of skin simply use different skin care
products. Learning what products work best on darker skin is
the first step in treating your skin.
There are products
for black skin care. African American skin care is sometimes
different than for Caucasians and Asians since a black skin
care product needs heavy oil that penetrates deep into the skin
and leaves skin healthy but not abundantly oily. Emu oil products
work best. African American skin tends to loose elasticity very
easily resulting in loose skin, stretch marks and fat globs
around the waist, thighs, stomach, breasts and face and neck
Do not use skin
lighteners or bleaching creams containing steroids. These can
cause permanent skin damage including permanent redness, thinning
and blood vessel streaks. Also avoid skin lighteners or bleaching
creams containing mercury as this is a poison. Tretinoin applied
daily for many months will treat irregular pigmentation. Daily
use of sunscreen will help prevent irregular pigmentation form
occuring. Jessner's solution applied once a week for several
months to the dark areas will lighten hyperpigmentation. Products
which contain hydroquinone will lighten dark areas. The Obagi
Nu-derm System treats hyperpigmentation very well.
What you should know about: DAILY SKIN CARE
First, we shall
break this down into six sections so you can categorically recognized
every facet required to properly take care of your skin during
the summer months and for the rest of the year for that matter:
2. Skin Moisturizing
4. Skin Protection
Skin Impurities and Conditions
6. Skin Nourishment
(both inside and outside your body)
To keep your
complexion glowing it is recommended to cleanse your face thoroughly
twice a day regularly. The best time for doing this is
in the morning and just before bedtime in the evening.
Make sure you choose a facial cleanser that is compatible with
your skin type (oily, dry, combination, or normal). Never
use hot water when cleaning your face because it dries out skin.
Use oil-free cleansers if you have an oily skin. Use moisturizing
cleansers if you have dry skin.
your skin is very important and it helps to protect your skin,
regardless of which type or brand used. Water-based and
oil free moisturizers are best for oily skin. Neutrogena's
healthy skin product line is highly recommended! This
product line contain rich vitamins that promote healthy skin.
It is better to apply vitamins in the form of a skin moisturizer
directly to your skin topically rather than taking them orally.
It's a great way to achieve instant results for sure!
is beneficial to all skin types, but especially with black oily
skin. Ridding yourself of dead skin cells that block your
pores promotes healthy looking skin looking.
is in full swing and it's time to show some skin! Be careful!
This is when black skin can be very conflicting. Especially
when you are wearing backless shirts, spaghetti straps, those
shorter than short shorts, even though you are just trying to
be fashionable. Oh... and watch out for those sexy two piece
Having fun outdoors
is always on the top of the agenda during the summer months,
but what most Black women don't realize is that regardless of
the amount of melanin or pigment in our skin, long term exposure
to ultraviolet rays can put us at a higher risk for melanoma
(skin cancer) the lighter Caucasian skin colors. Be sure
to check your skin regularly for any unusual spots or blemishes.
Also, wearing hats, sunglasses is very fashionable and cool,
and keep in mind that wearing light colored clothing reflects
the sun's rays and helps to keep black skin safe. Most
important: Always wear a high quality sun block all year
long... not just during the summer months.
attention to black skin is very important especially during
the summer months when the sum is more harmful. However, paying
close attention to your skin all year long is very ethical.
Should you notice changes in your skin, like discoloring, spots,
sours or lumps, to be safe it is recommended to contact a dermatologist
from the inside out. Similarly as taking care of your
skin from the outside, it is equally as important for you to
take care of your skin from the inside. Your diet and
your lifestyle plays a large role in your skins condition.
you have dry itchy scalp,
hair breakage, and suffer from hair loss...
Smoking has been proven to cause premature aging and less than
healthy looking wrinkled skin.
Alcohol tends to dehydrate your skin causing it to look dry
and dull. Also, dry skin that is not well moisturized
is more prone to developing fine lines.
High fat diets with little or no fruits and vegetables are not
healthy and they it is also bad for your skin.
Research shows that a healthy diet can improve ones skin appearance
and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
Remember the speech about needing at least 8-10 glasses of water
a daily? Well, it's true--water hydrates the skin, which
is exactly what you need. As you age, the skin becomes
dry and looses elasticity. So drink up!
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