Whether you're in the public eye, or just want to be the apple of someone else's eye, you want clear, smooth skin. Despite increased melanin, which can help prevent skin cancer and signs of ageing, black Americans still suffer from some common skin issues. Whether it's razor bumps, keloids or darkened or discoloured blemishes from acne or other scars, there are products that can help keep your skin looking clear and radiant.
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Basic Skin Care Tips
Before you start a skincare regimen, start with a good health regimen. A diet high in vitamins A, B and C provides nutrients that keep skin moist and healthy. Combine that with a consistent exercise program to help limit the production of hormones that cause acne and other skin problems. Exercise also promotes sweating, which can unclog pores. Don't forget to drink eight glasses of water every day. More than just for refreshment, water helps flush toxins from your skin.
A good cleanser removes bacteria that lingers on the surface of the skin, which can cause acne psoriasis and other unwanted skin issues. The best cleansers are usually water soluble and can clean without drying the skin. The HumiNature line of 100-percent natural cleansers has a formula for any type of skin--from dry to oily and everything in between. Glycolix Elite offers many of the same qualities as HumiNature, with the added benefit of antioxidants to scrub away those nasty free radicals.
Moist skin is happy skin. But buying a quality moisturiser also means being aware of your skin type. If you have oily skin, a lighter moisturiser may suit you better. For people with dry skin, a thicker cream with cocoa butter or shea butter may be what you're looking for. A moisturiser like Cetaphil can be found in most drugstores without breaking the bank and is very effective at controlling acne. If you are willing to spend a touch more, consider the Dermalogica line. In general, people of colour have oily skin. Dermalogica offers a lightweight oil-control lotion that moisturises without leaving your skin sticky or even oilier than before.
Even if you cleanse and moisturise regularly, sometimes acne or scars left by cuts and scrapes can cause dark spots to appear on your skin. To help combat those, Black Opal was developed in 1994. Created by a black-American dermatologist expressly for people of colour, Black Opal offers soaps, washes and creams to help lessen and eliminate blemishes. For black men suffering from razor bumps or ingrown hairs, Baxter of California's Razor Bump Relief is one of many options to lessen the appearance of scars caused by shaving. Made with antibacterial and antiseptic agents combined with moisturisers like aloe, Razor Bump Relief can help prevent ingrown hairs when used after shaving.
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