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The Anti-Aging Challenges of Different Skin Colors – and Their Solutions – Part 1

black woman washing faceOn her recent appearance on the CBS TV show “The Talk,” Dr. Tess discussed the anti-aging challenges of different skin colors and the products that can make each skin type younger-looking and as beautiful as possible.

Her advice from the TV show is being shared here in a two-part series. Part 1 looks at brown, medium, and olive skin colors.

1. BROWN SKIN – EXFOLIATE AND USE SHEA BUTTER
Browner skin is more prone to irritation, dry skin, and scarring. African Americans tend to develop thick scars called keloids sometimes from as little trauma as acne on the chest and it can be very difficult to treat.

Dark skin can really benefit with regular exfoliation to avoid ashy and dry cracking skin.

I recommend using a body scrub (you can make your own at home) in the shower and immediately apply moisturizers afterwards to keep skin from drying. Exfoliate your skin to reveal a layer of fresh, smooth skin.

Put a few tablespoons of coarse sea salt in a bowl, and add enough orange juice to make a paste. Apply to skin by rubbing gently in a circular motion. Rinse with cool water to tighten pores.

Moisturize with shea butter to complete the process.

2. MEDIUM SKIN – FIND NON-HYDROQUINONE SKIN BRIGHTENING PRODUCTS

Find and use a non-hydroquinone skin lightening and brightening product on a regular basis to even the skin tone and reveal glowing skin.  People with medium skin should not use products with hyrdoquinone because it will make their skin color uneven.

Most of the signs of aging that happen with medium skin involve discoloration, blotchy uneven pigmentation so if you start early you may be able to help prevent this from happening.

People with medium skin and some Latinos are prone to getting a very challenging condition called melasma where there is gradual darkening of the skin usually in a map-like fashion on the cheeks, and can involve the upper lip and even look like a mustache.  This tends to occur during pregnancy and, for some, remains for the rest of their lives. It can be a very difficult condition to treat.

3. OLIVE SKIN – WASH YOUR FACE WITH GLYCOLIC ACID CLEANSER
Use glycolic acid cleanser and use products with vitamin C to constantly exfoliate, deep clean pores and minimize oiliness.  This will help prevent breakouts and minimize the discoloration from acne before they even happen!

Because of the extra oiliness, olive skin tends to also break out more – some women are breaking out all the way to menopause.  And because olive skin has a strong tendency to create pigmentation, acne is not only a bigger problem but worse yet, once the pimples are gone, we are left with dark scars that can last a long time.

Part 2 – Light and Fair Skin Colors

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