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3 Common Skin Problems Of African-Americans  

When dealing with skin care, each of us has our own personal issues and preferences. Whether its pimples, blackheads, oily skin or wrinkles, having born with black skin doesn’t exempt you from any of these. Your ethnic DNA somehow affects your skin condition.

Apart from the influence of age and lifestyle, African-Americans tend to suffer certain dermatology issues compared to others. Here are some of the most common skin problems that are more prevalent in dark-skinned people.

  • Hyperpigmentation – This skin problem is often triggered by birth control pills or pregnancy. In most cases, this condition eventually fades over time. However, some patients prefer to undergo treatments such as topical medicine or steroid creams.

When using topical treatments, your medication should always include protection from the sun such as UVA and UVB ingredients. Technically, a person with dark skin has more protection compared to lighter skin tones but all types of skin are still prone to sunburn even if it may not be visible on dark skin.

Melanin acts as a sun protector and is more prevalent in African-American skin compared to people with white skin. This is one of the reasons why Caucasians are more prone to skin cancer and why it is the most common type of cancer among white people.

  • Dyschromia – This skin problem exhibits a light or dark patch on your skin. Usually, there are no known side effects related to this skin condition but there are a number of patients that claim they experience minor itching.

Under dyschromia, you may experience hypopigmentation. This often starts as a patch on your skin but can eventually spread into bigger areas. A light patch may result in eczema or other types of fungal infection.

  • Melasma – A melasma usually develops during pregnancy. It is a common problem for dark-skinned people. This condition develops as patches on the skin and spreads in your forehead, cheeks, and upper lips.

Even though this affects anyone regardless of gender, women of color are more prone to this skin problem compared to men. It is most predominant on women in their 40’s through 60’s. A melasma can erupt due to hormones or UV exposure.

You can seek treatment for this condition through laser therapy or chemical peeling.

Although anyone can practically acquire any of these skin problems, African-Americans are still more susceptible to these skin issues. If you think you may have any of these, consult your dermatologist to treat it immediately.


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