Acne Tips For Those With Skin Of Color

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HOW DO I GET RID OF THESE DARK SPOTS?

People with skin of color currently make up the majority of the population of the world, but dermatology treatment general is not focused on them. Still, they are more likely to experience post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark spots), which is darkening of the skin that remains long after acne pimples have receded. This can be more of a nuisance than the actual acne itself. Fix this buy treating both the dark spots and acne at the same time!

 

TO PICK OR NOT TO PICK?

There is always the temptation to pick at healing pimples to speed the process? This is very dangerous because it can result in scarring, and skin of color is 5 to 16 times more likely to keloids (large, irregular-looking scars) than their Caucasian counterparts.1)Yin NC, McMichael AJ. Acne in patients with skin of color: practical management. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2014;15(1):7-16. Keloids can grow beyond the borders of the original scar and be very emotionally damaging to patients who experience them. So the answer to how to get rid of bumpy skin on your face avoid picking at your pimples in the first place!

 

CAN THIS FOREHEAD ACNE PLEASE STOP?

Some people have skin colored bumps on their face that won’t go away. Acne that is mainly on your forehead or temples can be a result of hair products, and is called “pomade acne”. Pomades are used to style or manage hair, but when spread across skin, they block skin pores and cause pimples to develop. This can also be caused by accessories worn like durag (wave caps) or other tightly fitting head garments. This acne will go away when the product is ceased, and the pores become unplugged. This can result in dark spots just like any other type of acne.

 

AM I TAKING THE RIGHT TREATMENT?

The right acne treatment depends on how how severe it is. We recommend first consulting your dermatologist to get the right treatment for you because there are different types of acne. Until this point, use a topical retinoid if your acne is only small pimples with no scarring. Examples of these that you can buy at the store are is adapalene (Differin ® gel 0.1%). Retinoids help unplug clogged pores on your skin and decrease inflammation, and can clear whiteheads, blackheads and pimples. This can be combined with benzoyl peroxide to work well in skin of color. It will not bleach skin, but can stain clothing, and related items. If you are interested in other treatments for your acne then check out Using Lasers and Lights to Treat Acne and Skin Care Mistakes That Are Making Your Acne Flare Up.

 

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