Common skin concerns that also affect men & women of color 

Let's talk about the common skin concerns that also affect men & women of color  - You are not alone! Let's talk about some of the most common skin concerns. Before we jump in to the good stuff...

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Esther the esthetician here... coming in hot! to share un-popular skincare advice that actually works with you! Plus, be sure to continue reading until the end! I've got a special gift for you! Let's jump right in to today's content.

You're not alone... A lot of people are dealing with Rosacea, Psoriasis, Melasma, Eczema, and Seborrheic Dermatitis, Acne, and Post Acne Dark Spots. With today's blog article, we are diving in deep into the common misconceptions surrounding each one of them.  Let's jump right in to today's content:

Common skin concerns that also affect men & women of color 

Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin concern that also affects women of color. It often present itself as facial redness, flushing, bumps, and even pimples. While the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, some experts believe it may be related to an abnormal response to blood vessels in the skin or a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Rosacea can be triggered by:

  • Certain Activities
  • Foods
  • Spicy Foods
  • Alcohol Consumption
  • Hot Beverages
  • Extreme temperatures


Psoriasis

Psoriasis is another chronic condition that can affect men and women of color. Psoriasis is caused by an overactive immune system which causes skin cells to grow too quickly. Ultimately, this results in thickened plaques and lesions on the surface of the skin. Stress levels and certain medications can also trigger flare-ups. Fortunately psoriasis can be successfully managed with topical treatments such as steroids or vitamin D analogues, phototherapy (a.k.a UVB laser), systemic treatments (oral medications such as methotrexate), and biologics (anti-inflammatory medications injected into the body).  It causes patches of red or purple scaly skin to form on the following areas:

  • Scalp
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Back.

Melasma

Melasma is another common skin concern in women of color that appears as dark patches or brown spots on areas such as the forehead, cheeks and chin. It is caused by an overproduction of melanin due to hormonal changes associated with pregnancy (known as “mask of pregnancy”) or hormonal contraception use such as birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy. Sun exposure can make it worse so avoiding direct sun exposure or using a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 should help reduce its appearance. Topical treatment options include the following:

  • Hydroquinone Creams
  • Retinoids
  • Azelaic Acid Creams
  • Kojic Acid Creams
  • Fruit Acids
  • Glycolic Acid Peels
  • Trichloroacetic Acid Peels
  • Laser therapy .

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Common skin concerns that also affects men & women of color 

Eczema

Eczema is a general term for several forms of dermatitis which affects women of color in different ways depending on their age group . Atopic dermatitis usually affects younger children while contact dermatitis usually affects adults who have been exposed to an irritant substance . Treatment involves identifying triggers such as soaps, detergents, fragrances, pollen, dust mites, mold, animal hair, etc. Avoid the triggers as much as possible! Plus, remember to incorporate the following into your self care routine: moisturize regularly with good quality lotion, opt to take cool baths as much as possible, stay consistent with applying your topical cortisone creams, use antihistamines if/when you need, take oral antibiotics if necessary, use prescription topical treatments (such as calcineurin inhibitors like pimecrolimus cream), as an alternative, you can look into light therapy if other treatments are not effective, lastly, In severe cases, steroid injections may be required. Symptoms include:

  • Dryness
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Blisters
  • Cracking
  • Flaking 

Common skin concerns that also affects men & women of color

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic Dermatitis is another common skin condition in women of color characterized by oily/yellowish scaling patches mostly on the face, scalp, upper chest, neck folds, underarms, groin, buttocks, scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, behind your ears, and around sides of your nose . Treatment includes antifungal shampoos corticosteroid ointments tar products salicylic acid products application of emollients Avoiding aggravating products like harsh chemicals petroleum jelly fragrances etc Phototherapy laser therapy may be recommended for severe cases. The cause remains unknown but certain factors may contribute such as:

  • Stress
  • Hormones
  • Cold weather
  • Sweat
  • Humidity
  • Irritation from certain cosmetics soaps
  • Detergents
  • Smoking
  • Viral infection
  • Immune system disorders
  • Yeast infection
  • Sebum build up due to hormonal changes during puberty, menopause, and pregnancy


Acne & Post Acne Dark Spots

Do you have acne and post-acne dark spots?

Acne is a common skin condition that can affect anyone, but it often affects women of color the most. Brown spots after acne are also common, and they can be difficult to treat. But don’t worry – we have solutions that will help clear your skin up for good.

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