Most experts agree that when it comes to skincare, figuring out what type of skin you have will ensure you get the best results, whether you’re prone to acne, dryness or have a really sensitive complexion. And often this is the case regardless of who you are, which country you’re from and your race.
Having said that, this fact doesn’t mean there aren’t some subtle physiological differences between Asian, black and white skin.
Last week we explored the top skincare tips for Asian skin and today we’re taking a closer look at the way black skin should be best cared for, whether you’re prone to oil, dryness or a mixture of both.
There aren’t huge differences, but on the whole there are some skin concerns that affect men and women with black skin more than men and women with Asian or white skin.
Let’s take a look at some of the skincare tips for black skin – but remember, these are all general guidelines, your skin could still react differently to different products.
1. Black skin can be prone to discolouration
The only real difference between skin of different colours is the amount, size and distribution of melanin; they’re the cells that produce our skin’s pigment and make white skin look paler and black skin look darker.
Although an excess in melanin means that (generally, not all the time) those with darker skin tones experience less damage from sun exposure, it also means that if black skin does become damaged from sun, experiences irritation or any other kinds of inflammation, the effects are likely to be longer-lasting and can result in discolouration.
White skin tends to go pink and red and often this colour subsides over time, whilst those with black skin can notice darker spots and ashen marks on their faces long after their skin has become irritated.
2. There are different age-related concerns for black skin
Black skin tends to have a thicker dermal layer, which means there’s higher concentrations of collagen. This suggests that black skin tends to age well, wrinkles are less pronounced and when wrinkles do appear it tends to be much later than when those with Caucasian skin would experience them.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other age-related concerns that affect black skin, such as sunken cheeks and a less plump and youthful face, as well as age spots. This means that topical products created solely for wrinkles won’t work as well, black skin often needs different kinds of treatment to combat the signs of ageing.
Our delicious help: beautify skin jelly is a great option for those with black skin who want to combat the first signs of ageing. This is because it’s a supplement you eat instead of lotion that you put on your skin. It’s not solely focused on wrinkles and won’t cause any discolouration on the surface of your skin. Formulated with 100 per cent natural ingredients to soothe skin with Coenzyme Q10, Resveratrol and Aloe Vera, help: beautify skin ensures your skin looks plumper, smoother and more youthful with the addition of hydrolysed marine Collagen.
3. Acne isn’t as noticeable, but the scarring it causes can be
Acne may not be as noticeable on black skin and because black skin has a thicker dermal layer it tends not to be as pronounced. But the scars it can leave behind are, which is why those with black skin should treat spots and blemishes before they develop into a more serious form of acne.
Our natural soluble skin supplement help: clear skin (and help: clear skin MEN) is particularly helpful for black skin because it isn’t topical. It’s taken as an oral supplement, so won’t cause any discolouration or lead to scarring like some of the topical over-the-counter options do, such as salicylic acid.
But these soluble skin supplements aren’t just about combatting spots, but about reducing the irritation and inflammation that many with black skin find can lead to discolouration and scarring. Both help: clear skin natural skincare products contain Lactoferrin which reduces the bacteria produced by the skin, Aloe Vera which has a smoothing and nourishing effect and Zinc Gluconate, known to help repair damaged tissues and support the immune system.
If you’re looking to achieve perfect skin, why not try this natural approach to skincare and see the results for yourself?