Black Skin and Acne

Black skin can suffer from acne just as much as lighter skin and can be just as problematic
Black skin can suffer from acne just as much as lighter skin and can be just as problematic

Acne is a universal skin disorder affecting both black and white skin. However, black skin acne seems to be especially prevalent amongst young black men and also black women, although perhaps not as commonly. The good news is that the most common type of acne in black men and women is actually the most easily treatable.

The bad news, however, is that black skin acne does tend to leave some distinctive scars, and in some cases these can be quite severe. They most often occurs on the chest and the back of the person concerned. Even after the acne has been cleared, there is a strong likelihood of hyperpigmentation which makes prompt treatment even more important.

By and large, black skin acne is treated very similar to acne in any other ethnic groups. If you feel that your acne is severe, it is important to visit your doctor or dermatologist in order to ensure that you receive the best treatment available.

By and far the most important action of course, is to prevent acne occurring in the first place. This will negate the need for any antibiotics or other treatments in the future.

To prevent acne, it is best to wash your face at least twice a day as black skin has a tendency to be quite oily. Of course, a good healthy diet is also important with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and keeping any intake of fats and chocolate to a sensible minimum.

To treat acne at home using home remedies, especially if the acne is not too severe, a mixture of yoghurt, lemon juice and apple juice can be tried, though in hot weather, this may have an unpleasant smell so you may want to ensure you aren't disturbed!

Also finally, if you do use a moisturiser, try to find one that is formulated especially for black skin as standard moisturisers may even cause allergies for people with darker skin.




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