A lot of people are blessed with dark skin tones. This skin type is generally resistant to skin damage. You don’t easily get sunburns because of the melanin concentration in your skin. However, even though darker skin tones are more resistant to skin damage that does not mean that this skin type is immune to acne damage. As a matter of fact, dark skin tones are prone to permanent skin damage due to acne.
Acne on black skin pose a huge challenge for acne victims. Because of the melanin concentration on the skin, skin infections can cause permanent skin discoloration. This discoloration can be darker of lighter than your normal skin tone. It creates patches that can last for a life time.
So how do you prevent these permanent skin damage caused by acne? You need to understand that some acne treatments may work on light skin tones but may cause serious problems on dark skin tones. Choosing your products wisely is very important. Avoid acne treatments that contains hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a skin lightener but will have the opposite effect on dark skin tones. Hydroquinone can cause permanent darkening of your skin. It is very important to avoid products that contains this ingredient. Always check the label and if you are still unsure, you might as well consult a skin care expert.
Using over the counter acne treatments can make cause photosensitivity reactions. That means if you have dark skin, you can easily get darker skin or white patches. Avoid direct sun exposure and don’t forget to use a sunscreen. Your sunscreen should at least have SPF 15 but I recommend sunscreens that have more SPF. This will effectively block the harmful UV rays and protect you from skin damage. Using a moisturizer that doubles as a sunscreen is also recommended. Moisturizers with SPF of 15 or more will not only block UV rays but will also keep your skin soft and moisturized all day. Preventing skin dryness is very important when you have acne.
Individuals with dark skin tones should try using products that contains alpha hydroxyl acids. Alpha hydroxyl acids can effectively exfoliate and lighten your skin. It also prevent scar formation. Generally you can find this ingredient commonly used by many over the counter acne treatments but you can also find this in natural anti-acne ingredients such as lemon and apple cider vinegar. If you cannot tolerate apple cider or lemon, it is best to dilute it with honey or with water.