Irrespective of their skin color, the best thing a person can do to maintain healthy and glowing skin is to adopt a regular skincare routine. Dermatologists are of the opinion that black skin is more prone to hyperpigmentation or appearance of dark spots at an early age as opposed to fair skin. The presence of ingrown hair and dry flakes on the skin is also seen more on black skin than on its fair counterpart. People with black skin must therefore adopt a special skincare regimen. We provide some simple tips and tricks.
Wash face according to your skin type – It is a wrong perception that black skin will always be oily. If you have dry black skin, use face wash only once in the day. For normal skin, use face wash twice a day. If you want to remove excess oil from dark skin, use face wash whenever the oil settles on the skin.
Protect from sunlight – There is less fear of a suntan if you have black skin. But did you know that dark skin is more susceptible to skin cancer upon contact with UV rays of the sun? Remember to always apply sunscreen of SPF 15 to 30 when you step out of home in the daytime. Sunscreen must be reapplied if you have to stay under the sun for more than two hours.
Watch your medication – There are some drugs which may enhance black skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Among others, birth control pills, acne pills and cancer drugs work in a way to further darken black skin. Talking to the doctor regarding this problem is very important for people with black skin.
Moisturizer is a must – Black skin has a tendency to dry faster than fair skin. If it not hydrated or well lubricated, an ashy layer forms on the skin surface. Use a moisturizer at least twice daily to help hold the skin’s natural moisture and prevent it from drying.
Do not pick at pimples – The appearance of pimples or acne is common to both black and fair skins. But keloids (scar tissue on the skin formed from cuts, bruises or incisions) develop more on black skin. Avoid picking at your pimples or other outbreak on the skin surface; it may lead to permanent scarring.
Watch your food and water intake – The diet plays a very important role in maintenance of skin quality. People with black skin must consume seasonal fruits and lots of green vegetables. Fried food and all types of fatty food must be consumed only occasionally. It is recommended that people with black skin sauté or bake their food before eating. Also drink eight glasses of water, increasing the intake during dry weather conditions, in order to compensate for beverages and alcohol which should be consumed at a minimum.
Do not use hot water – Black skin tends to dry faster than fair skin. So never take a shower or wash face with hot water even during severe winters. Use lukewarm water instead or stick to cold water to retain the natural moisture in the skin.