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Acne and black skin: what you need to know

When it comes to treating acne prone skin, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, it's best to identify the specific needs of your skin type first, taking into consideration age, lifestyle, and ethnicity.

Every ethnicity can be affected by acne, yet the way it is treated can differ according to the skin’s photo type.

Here are the key facts you need to know.

Acne is the most common skin concern for black women

Did you know that inflammatory acne is one of the most common skincare concerns in black women? This is a moderate type of acne caused by blocked and inflamed pores, and usually appears on the back and face where there are lots of oil glands.

Treating acne scarring and dark spots

For many black women, scarring (or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) can be just as problematic as the acne itself. Darker skin has a high amount of dark pigment melanin, which means acne scars leave darker spots and uneven patches across the face and neck. This type of pigmentation can be treated with a targeted product such as a serum or moisturiser, but we suggest speaking to a dermatologist first to make sure it is suitable for your skin type.

Preventing breakouts

One of the most effective ways of preventing acne breakouts and scarring is to introduce an effective everyday regime. This will ensure oils levels are kept at bay and the pores clean and clear. By following a simple three-step routine morning and evening, you should start to take control of breakouts, blemishes and oil.

Step one: Cleanse

Cleansing twice a day will help to keep the skin clear. This step is particularly important before bed, as it removes acne-causing bacteria that can result in an overnight breakout. Try to make the time to do this, even after a long day, as it will really help to fight off spots.

Step two: Tone

Toning after cleansing mattifies and refines the texture of the skin, while reducing oil levels and pore size. It also ensures every scrap of makeup has been removed, leaving the skin cool and refreshed.

Step three: Correct and Hydrate

Even though acne and blemish-prone skin can be oily, it’s still important to moisturise. It’s advisable to use a water-based moisturiser that doesn’t exacerbate existing blemishes, and also contains salicylic acid and LHA – this exfoliates the skin and helps to keep the pores clear. Corrective treatments such as retinol can also be used before bed, but it’s advisable to seek advice from a skincare expert before introducing to your routine.

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