For dermatologist extraordinaire Dr. Wendy Roberts: a person’s skin tone is crucial factor in determining the type of skin care or treatment that he or she has to undergo. Backed by several research and extensive knowledge in the field of dermatology, the Rockstar Dermatologist relates in an interview with the RedbookMag.com that skin care treatment approaches to patients with ethnic skin of color are likely different from the approaches for Caucasian patients.
Focusing on the skin type of African-Americans in the interview, Dr. Roberts says that dark skin has a large amount of melanin which entails that such skin has more built-in protection from surface sun damage. As a result, African-American women generally get fewer wrinkles — which appear about a decade later than they would on fair skin.
However, she warns that dark skin patients should not get a false sense of security, as the natural protection against the sun is not nearly enough to fully protect against the harmful UVA rays that cause serious signs of aging and skin cancer. Moreover, the substantial melanin in the skin also means that excess pigment often causes dark spots and uneven skin tone starting around the late 30s or early 40s.
Anti Aging Plan for Patients with Dark Skin Tone
The Rancho Mirage Dermatologist proceeds in providing dark skin patients with anti-aging regimen, including:
Using a gentle granule-free cleanser twice a day. Dr. Roberts cautions that anything with granules, even if they’re superfine, can signal the skin to pump out more melanin if the patient overuses it. She recommends a basic cleanser for one’s skin type and the use of an electric skin brush, two to three times a week to exfoliate gently;
- In the morning, one can start with a moisturizer with Vitamin C as it’s one of the best ingredients for clearing up dark spots and blotchiness;
- If the moisturizer doesn’t already contain SPF 30, one must put on a broad-spectrum sunscreen;
- In the evening, it is ideal to start off with a retinol treatment. However, she warns that prescription retinoids such as Retin-A can sometimes be too harsh for African-American skin, hence a gentler over-the-counter product with retinol is preferable instead. The latter product kicks up collagen production, breaks up spots, and even helps to control oil — without upsetting the pigment in dark skin;
- As African-American skin starts to get lax around age 50, the topnotch dermatol0gist relies on peptides to preemptively protect skin from sagging, to be layered on a peptide-rich moisturizer;
- She also recommends trying out microdermabrasion: a deep exfoliating treatment, using a crystal- or diamond-tipped wand to buff away the outermost layer of skin.
Dr Roberts believes that there is no shortcut to reverse the signs of aging. But she encourages all her patients with dark skin tone to commence their individual breakthrough plan, as recommended, to reverse the signs of aging and help each patient look and feel being 7 years younger.
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