We are often asked about the best acne treatment for black skin and if the proper black skin care is different than the proper care for other types of skin.
The fact is that black skin typically does have different characteristics than other skin types and while the basics of good skin care are the same for everyone, acne prevention and treatment for black skin do differ from that for other skin types.
The Basics For Black Skin Care
These simple steps can make a world of difference in the tone and texture of your skin. For clear, smooth, healthy-looking skin:
- Make sure you drink enough water. The Mayo Clinic says most women need about nine glasses of water each day, while men usually need more than that. Staying well-hydrated helps prevent wrinkles and keeps dark skin from taking on an “ashy” appearance.
- Eat a healthful diet, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants will help keep your skin healthy. Limit fried and fatty foods. Eating too many dairy products can cause inflammation of the skin in some people.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise, even just walking at a moderate pace for 20 minutes, improves the circulation, making skin look younger and healthier.
- Wash your face twice a day, morning and night, with a good facial cleanser. Don’t use soap, as it may be too drying for your skin. Don’t wash your face too often because you’ll end up stripping away natural oils that your skin needs, which can result in your skin producing excessive amounts of oil to replace that which you’ve stripped away by excessive washing. We recommend the Zenmed Facial Cleansing Gel, which contains natural ingredients like yarrow, an herbal anti-inflammatory; lavender, which naturally cleanses and tones the skin; and vegetable gycerin, which has natural antibacterial properties and has been proven to fight acne.
- Apply moisturizer once or twice a day, after washing your face. Use a non-oily moisturizer. Even if your skin tends to be on the oily side, you still need a good moisturizer, and a non-oily moisturizer won’t make your skin oilier.
- Use sunscreen if you’re going to be outdoors in the sun. People with dark skin don’t get sunburned easily so they sometimes think they don’t need to use sunscreen. Dark skin can still be damaged by excessive exposure to the sun, though, so a good sunscreen is an important component of black skin care.
Acne Treatment For Black Skin
When it comes to acne treatment for black skin, we recommend products that contain natural ingredients because they are less likely to dry out the skin and cause further damage. Using the proper acne treatment is an important part of black skin care because black skin tends to scar easily, developing thick scars called keloids, if acne isn’t treated properly. Never pop pimples or pick at them because this increases the likelihood of developing keloids.
Our preferred acne treatment for people with dark skin is the Zenmed Acne Treatment Kit, which contains natural ingredients like witch hazel, a natural astringent that will remove excess oil from the skin without drying it out the way alcohol-related products will; tea tree oil, which treats the bacteria that sometimes infects pores and causes pimples; allantoin, a natural anti-inflammatory; and lavender, which tones and tightens skin and also has anti-inflammatory properties. People often notice an improvement in acne in just 24 hours after applying this treatment to the affected area.