How to Even Black Skin Tone

Updated April 17, 2017

The overall structure of dark, black skin is similar to other skin types. However, it is different in terms of thickness and an oily appearance, which helps black skin stay young-looking longer. A black skin tone can be marred by acne breakouts, ingrown hair and hyperpigmentation, which detract from the appearance of dark skin. Combat an uneven, black skin tone with dietary and healthy lifestyle habits to regain a flawless 'black is beautiful' complexion.

Keep your skin clean. Unclean skin blocks the pores, causing acne and other skin blemishes that result in an uneven skin tone. Incorporate a daily routine of cleansing your face, in the morning and at night, using a gentle body wash. Regular cleansing eliminates dirt, oil, dead skin cells and other skin toxins, according to the Ubeauty Portal website.

Shave in the direction of hair growth and not against it to prevent ingrown hair or razor bumps. Use a special safety razor that prevents a very close shave.

Apply day and night creams, and have weekly facials, with formulations that contain BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids) and AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids). Both BHAs and AHAs help unclog pores, prevent ingrown hair and exfoliate skin to simultaneously increase the penetration of your skincare products and even out scars and blemishes.

Apply a skin lightening cream or tone corrector daily. Use it in conjunction with a sunscreen during the day, or with an AHA or BHA cream. The skin lightening cream restores your skin's even tone by brightening it and erasing dark patches.

Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 if you have hyper-pigmented or acne-prone skin to prevent further skin deterioration from harsh sun exposure. Even though black skin does not burn easily, it can be damaged by the sun.

Consume fruits, vegetables and lean protein. A balanced diet is integral to a healthy skin tone. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily to flush out toxins and detoxify your system to achieve a glowing complexion.


Use a BHA-formulated cream after shaving to prevent ingrown hair. (See References 1) Use a BHA formulation with a concentration of 2 per cent and an AHA concentration of 6 per cent and above. (See References 1)


Avoid shaving daily, and don't stretch your skin while shaving.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Body wash
  • Skin lightening cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Safety razor
  • Fruits, vegetables and lean protein
  • AHA and BHA creams and facial peels
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