Black skin (people from Africa, Native Australians, African-Americans, Caribaeans, Other Islands) is darker than northern European skin because of the increased amount of melanin in the skin. Melanin is the pigment in the skin and protects the skin from sunlight. This keeps black people looking younger than white skinned people. The melanin pigment in the skin protects the skin from sunlight and slows down the aging process. 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 as 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. There isn’t much more to it than that. 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 are the best. Browse the products and call for for more information on these revolutionary products. 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 area.
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.