Have you searched everywhere for an effective acne treatment for your skin? Has your self confidence level decreased because you are dealing with moderate to severe acne problems?
Acne is a skin condition that most people have dealt with at some time in their lives. It affects people of all ages and ethnicities.
This skin problem is difficult to deal with because acne comes in the form of bumps, lumps, and pimples. But, there is the extra difficulty that women of color have to face after the acne has disappeared. It often leaves behind dark marks and spots that are impossible to get rid of.
There are some products on the market that promise to eliminate or reduce the scars that acne often leaves behind. Some are more effective than others, but you can decide for yourself which treatment may work best for your situation.
Melanin and Its Effect on Black Skin
Someone’s skin color is determined by the amount of skin pigment, or melanin that is contained in the cells of the skin. The main objective of the melanin is to protect the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. It also plays a major role in how fast the skin begins to age. There are benefits to having a lot of melanin in your skin, but it can also pose a problem when it comes acne scarring.
Topical Agents and Their Role in Treating Black Skin
The most common treatment for acne on black skin is a topical treatment. In more recent times these topical agents have been changed so they can accommodate the challenges of working with darker skin. In fact, most dermatologists and other skin care professionals recommend a topical form of retinoid for their patients of color. The goal is for the topical cream to regenerate skin cells at a greater rate so the acne scars disappear faster. The downside to this treatment is that it can actually be harmful for those who have sensitive skin types.
When sensitive skin becomes irritated, it reacts to the medication in a similar way like sunburned skin. To help offset the discomfort, if you are prescribed a topical retinoid treatment for your acne, be sure to apply a sunscreen to your skin also. Choose a sunscreen that has a SPF of at least 15.
Natural Ways to Treat Acne on Black Skin
As people are becoming more conscience of what they put in and on their bodies, some are choosing to take a more natural approach to treating their acne problems. There are skin products that cater to black skin. These products contain aloe vera, Green clay, and Vitamin C. Vitamin C and Green Clay are two ingredients that are very effective at exfoliating the skin to reveal the new skin underneath. Aloe Vera has a soothing agent, and will help tone the skin after treatment.
Chemical Peeling to Treat Acne Prone Skin
A more intense approach to treating acne involves the use of chemical peels and solutions to remove the top layer of skin. This can cause more traumas to the skin and cause the skin to have hyperpigmentation.
If you choose to have a chemical peel performed on your skin, make sure the skin professional is familiar with black skin.
Temi Odurinde worked in domain name registration and web hosting industry for many years before becoming a web entrepreneur. He is passionate about web and mobile technologies.
Temi contribute mainly to Haba Naija Internet and Technology sections. He has a BSc in Computing and Psychology, a postgraduate degree in Internet Technologies.
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