Skin myth : Does darker skin need special skincare products?

January 03, 2021

Does darker skin need special skincare products? 


Those of us with darker skin often have different concerns when it comes to products.  One of the most common concerns is discoloration on the skin.  Many acne and antiaging products can work by exfoliating or causing excess dryness.  These need to be used the right way or understood better as it is very common for people to find that the dry patches they experience very quickly turn into discoloration.

I remind my patients of two big things they don’t always think about

1.    Wear a sunscreen even if you do not really ever get a sunburn. Why? Because UV light not only causes skin cancer, it also causes discoloration in the skin.  Daily sunblock use can give us a more even skin tone.

2.    If your skin tends to be on the oily or more acne prone side and you need to use products that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, scrubs or retinols, as much as you may not like the idea of using a moisturizer out of fear of clogging your pores- you really need to!  If you dry your skin too much and develop inflamed or cracked areas on your skin they will heal with discoloration. The only way to prevent this is by remembering to use a non-comedogenic moisturizer.  For acne prone or oily skin, I recommend products that contain azaleic acid as the active ingredient as it tends to treat acne and even out our skin tone. 


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