Skin of Color

Skin of Color

All skin types needs a skin care routine for clean, healthy, and vitalized skin. Different skin types require different care, but all types require gentle care without scrubbing or irritating, and a good daily moisturizer combined with a sunscreen with an SPF of 30. SPF means sun protection factor and should protect skin from UVA and UVB rays.

Discuss with your dermatologist the best skin care cleanser and moisturizer for your skin type.

For those with skin of color, there are some things to note.  You may find that your skin is sensitive to some chemicals in products meant to help skin. You may find that your skin stings when in contact with such products and they can even cause your skin to darken in the contact areas. Glycolic is one such chemical that could hurt your skin.

Your skin is also more likely to discolor and scar, so be gentle with your skin.

Always moisturize daily using a cream or lotion of your choice. Best time to moisturize is right out of the bath or shower while your skin is still slightly damp.

Sunscreen is a must. It is a mistake to think that people of color do not need sunscreen. Sun damage can happen to all skin types and colors, and because your skin is sensitive, it is hard to treat sun-damaged skin. Also anyone can burn from the UV rays and anyone can get skin cancer from sun exposure.

If you have some discoloration on your skin and use a lightening product on it, be careful you could actually make the area worse.

Contact your neighborhood Northstar dermatologist. Your skin care is important and Northstar dermatology can help you decide what is best for your skin.

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