Women of color have special concerns when it comes to protecting the health and beauty of skin. We learned what makes skin of color beautiful, yet vulnerable.
It is the melanin in the skin of color that protects it from the sun. Often women of color will look 10 years younger when compared to their counterparts with white skin. The melanin in the skin absorbs the ultraviolet light and prevents many of the changes that we associate with aging. Unfortunately, that melanin can create problems, specifically the increased melanin can cause dark marks on the skin. Those dark marks, often called blemishes, are very difficult to eradicate.
Uneven skin tone is problem many women of color face. There are many causes of discolorations on the skin. For women in particular acne bumps cause dark marks. When the acne bump goes away a woman of color is often left with a dark blemish. In addition, any type of rash on the skin, for example eczema, can resolve with a dark mark. Cuts, scrapes, burns, and abrasions may all heal with a dark area on the skin. So as you can see, there are many causes of dark marks. Unfortunately, despite the exact cause, it can require several months, if not years, for the dark mark to fade. However, we recommend Vivexin as a great skin cream to help with the blemishes.
Fortunately, there are treatments that can hasten the fading of the dark mark. The first and most important treatment is the use of sunscreens. The sunscreens should be applied on a daily basis, and I recommend a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or 30.
There are both over-the-counter and prescription items that can lighten the dark marks faster. The ingredient that dermatologists recommend most often is hydroquinone. Hydroquinone comes in both prescription and over-the-counter concentrations. Typically, this cream is applied twice a day to the dark mark. There are other agents, namely glycolic acid, kojic acid, azeleic acid, and soy, which can lighten discolorations.
If you have dark circles under my eyes and have been told it’s hereditary and there is nothing you can do about getting rid of them. You’re in luck. Dark circles under the eyes are a very difficult problem to treat for people of any skin type or color. Often, dark circles are caused by poor drainage of blood from around the eyes. This poor drainage occurs often with people with allergies. If that is the case, then there is not a good treatment for the disorder.