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Hey friends! Thank you so much for stopping my blog! Today we're going to discuss African American skin and skin care secrets!! There a lot of myths that are shared when talking about African American skin - some we learn from our parents, grandparents, friends.. and some from society, doctors and the internet. So today I'm going to share all of my knowledge about our beautiful skin tone and how to preserve our beauty


What makes African American Skin Different?

Skin of color has more melanin than any other ethnicity.. our melanin is what makes our skin tone vary in color. Because of the higher amounts of melanin the skin can appear up to be 10 years younger.. than Caucasian skin of the SAME age!!!

How Vital is Sunscreen for African American Skin?

Skin of color has extra melanin that is a natural protectant from the sun. However, it is still very important to wear sunscreen.. especially if you have challenging skin conditions such as: hyper pigmentation, aging, and acne. 

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What are keloids and why do we get them?

Keloids are excessive thick skin and it is usually raised against the skin. It is usually caused by collagen in the skin laying abnormally. The skin accumulates so much that it forms a thick form of skin. Studies show that keloids are much more common in skin of color! Keloids usually form after an injury or surgery. There is no set reason why we get them but the best way to remove this is surgically at a Dermatologist office. Don't try to pick or 'pop' them! You could harm yourself or make it worse. 

How do I get rid of dark spots and hyper pigmentation?

Exfoliation and Sun protection are key to treating dark spots and hyper pigmentation! Exfoliating your skin often helps to get rid of dead skin cells and helps to improve the overall clarity of your skin. Sun protection is a MUST! There is a big myth.. about how 'those of color don't need sunscreen' - don't believe it!!! You need to protect your skin from the harmful UV Rays that penetrate your skin. SPF of 15 or higher is required in the winter months and SPF of 30 or higher is required in the Summer months! Check out my previous post about how to treat hyper pigmentation! 

Do African Americans age???

MYTH: "black don't crack" If you don't take care of your skin... it will not look good, no matter how much melanin your skin has. Everyone ages and goes through the aging process. Some faster than others! It is important to take care of our skin at an early age to help prevent premature aging. I would recommend moisturizer and sunscreen.. No one tells you that even the most oiliest skin, needs to moisturize. This will help your skin stay smooth, supple, protected, and hydrated - and in turn be way less oily. Also I recommend using antioxidant serums such as Vitamin C. This will help to protect your skin from environmental stressors that can contribute to aging! 


Shea Butter is a skin kept secret.. - it helps to hydrate, nourish, heal, and protect the skin. Raw shea butter is great for all ethnicities but especially African American. If you have sensitivity to the sun, apply shea butter. It will be a natural UV protectant all while healing and hydrating the skin. A little goes a long way and can also be used in the hair (moderately) as well. 

Vitamin E Oil is so good for our skin! - it is a nutrient as well as a antioxidant for the skin. It will help to protect your skin fro free radical damage that can cause premature aging and a host of other skin conditions. It also helps to give the skin a nice healthy glow. 
TIP: Apply to stretch marks as well!

The most common suffered skin condition in African Americans is acne! Acne is described as inflamed pustule filled with dirt, oil, dead skin, and P bacteria. When it is suffered by African American Skin it usually leaves inflammation behind, resulting in dark spots! This is why again.. sunscreen is so important.  Say it with me 'I need sunscreen' :)

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Best Skin Care Products for African American Skin!

(Paula's Choice and Clinique)

1. Bio Oil is an essential.. because it has the perfect blend of Vitamin A and E Oil that help to renew, hydrate, treat, and protect your skin! You can apply it to your face to treat hyperpigmentation and also  the body on stretch marks, or scars! I like to apply it a night.. so it encourages the skin to repair! 

Shop Bio oil here!

2. Paula's Choice Dark Spot Treatment has easily become one of my new essentials! It quickly erases the appearance of dark spots in just 4 weeks and helps to even out the skin tone! I also apply this at night all over the face. 

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3. Clinique Dark Spot Serum was designed for skin of color.. to help treat and prevent dark spots and hyperpiguentaion. I've been using the serum fro about 3 years and it is still my absolute favorite! A little goes a long way and I apply it morning and night underneath moisturizer! It helps to calm the skin, treat, and protect against damage that cause pigmentation. 

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4. Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Masque is one of the best hydration masque out there! It helps to hydrate the skin overnight.. It goes on so smooth and can be easily used every day. Sometimes in the winter our skin becomes dry and dehydrated and it is important to put that moisture back into our skin. This product is also great for sensitive skin! Apply it at night and you will wake up with hydrated, supple, skin! :)

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5. Paula's Choice Vitamin C Booster is amazing! I've been obsessed. This is a perfect amount of pure Vitamin C that will brighten and protect the skin! It also helps to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles. I apply 2-3 drops into my moisturizer - day and night! Be sure to use SPF 20-30 with this product! You will love it! It is perfect for giving skin of color that extra boost of protection and fights against free radical damage. 

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These products are great for all skin types but especially skin of color! I personally use all of these products myself and I have noticed major improvement in my skin! 

Men and Women of color have beautiful skin but it is put to us to take care of it, so we can achieve Our Best Skin! I recommend seeing a skin professional once a month to be sure that you are using the correct products for your skin type and doing everything to protect and to encourage graceful aging. I hope you enjoyed this post! Feel free to leave any questions, comments, or concerns below.
I would love to hear from you.

Your Skin Therapist,

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