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The African American Woman's Guide to Great Skin

Those with dark or deep skin tones know that their skin comes with its own set of unique benefits as well as challenges. The following tips will help you discover your most beautiful African American skin.

Skin Benefits

Those with dark or deep skin tones have a high concentration of melanin, which offers some natural protection against sunburn and other visible signs of UV damage like wrinkles.

Darker skin tones tend to be oily which can also help skin stand the test of time — skin cell turnover is 2.5 times faster than that of lighter skin — and faster cell turnover helps reveal younger, healthier-looking skin.

Common Skin Concerns

Though darker skin does not visibly burn, sun damage can still lead to uneven skin tone, so proper sun protection is a must.

Darker skin tends to be more acne-prone because it has larger sebaceous glands that produce more oil. Those with darker skin are more likely to experience post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), dark spots that linger for weeks or months after acne has healed, caused by the overproduction of melanin.

Skin Care Musts for African American Women

● Do Not Shy Away From Sun Protection

Regardless of skin color or tone, it is essential to wear a moisturizer with SPF of at least 15 every day to help protect skin from UV damage. Diligent sun protection can also help prevent a pimple from turning into a dark spot.

● Look for Tone Correcting Moisturizer

A tone-correcting moisturizer at night can also help hydrate skin and even out skin tone.

● Prioritize Key Ingredients

A facial cleanser with salicylic acid will help prevent breakouts by exfoliating skin and helping to keep pores clear.