Although fair skin is more prone to sun damage than darker skin, an ethnic skincare routine is crucial in maintaining healthy, young looking skin. All types of skin need protection from the sun and although the lightest of skin is the one that burns most easily even black skin can burn after prolonged exposure to the sun.
There is no doubt that Asian skin is more resistant to sun damage due to the extra melanin it carries. However, Asian skin can still deteriorate so it is very important to look after it well and it is recommended to follow a healthy, nutritional diet alongside a good skincare routine.
Sometimes preventative measures aren’t enough and some people opt to have chemical or laser treatments to improve their complexions. Unfortunately this can sometimes do more damage than good as Asian skin can become discolored or blemished if it is poorly treated Some treatments which have been poorly administered have resulted in severe discoloration and the only way to restore even skin-tone is by corrective tattooing.
Healthy Diet = Healthy Skin
As a preventative measure it is really important to have a healthy diet that focuses on hydrating the skin by eating plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables such as prunes, raisins, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges, red grapes, cherries, tomatoes, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and onions. Also to hydrate the skin and flush out toxins by drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day and take vitamin C, E and beta-glucan supplements to help enhance the immune system.
It is never too early to start a good diet and skincare routine.
Asian Skincare Treatments
If your skin is already damaged and you would like to explore some treatment options, IPL (“intense pulsed light”) treatment may be beneficial to you. This type of treatment uses a broad-spectrum light to stimulate the formation of collagen and so improves the texture of the skin. Botox and acupuncture are other treatments that are effective for wrinkles.
Microdermabrasion, laser and chemical peeling treatments should be avoided due to uneven pigmentation results.
African American Skincare
Usually dark skin such as African or black skin will look better far longer than lighter skin but unfortunately some skincare products can cause pigmentation problems in African skin.
Retinol creams are the best type of creams to use to combat wrinkles and Kinerase®, which is sensitive to pigmentation issues, also helps to heal scars. Mandelic acid is a less irritating form of alpha-hydroxy acid and is said to work well on dark skin as is copper-containing preparations such as Neova which can help to promote new collagen growth if used on a daily basis.
Laser treatments as part of black skincare can cause uneven pigmentation and in some cases even burns. A healthier alternative to this procedure is the Lyra laser which is used for hair removal and the treatment of spider veins. Another recommended treatment for black skin is the CoolTouch™ laser treatment which can be used for a number of different conditions without affecting pigmentation.
There are some products that are likely to cause problems for black skin such as alpha-hydroxy and glycolic acids which can in some cases stimulate pigment producing cells into producing more melanin which can lead to dark spots forming on the skin.
No matter what skin type you have you should make sure you use sufficient sun protection. It is also important to choose the right products and treatments for your particular skin type so always consult a skincare specialist for advice.
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