Friday, October 31, 2008

Dark Skin Acne Treatment

by Mary B Murphy

Acne does not discriminate itself against anyone. Whether you are white, black, Asian or Mexican, there is a chance you could get acne.

While a dark pigmentation may shield redness and other more obvious skin defects that are very noticeable on pale skin people, the underlying problem and skin damage is still there.

Skin color is irrelevant when it comes to treating acne. Whats most important is that you get the best type of treatment for your type of acne.

Sun burn is obviously a much more common problem on white skin that on darker skin. Darker skin people do need to protect themselves from the sun but they also have a stronger natural resistance to the sun.

It is important to always use sun block no matter what color skin you have. Also, certain medications will cause your skin to be more sensitive in the sun and so you should always use at least spf 15, minimally.

Pomade acne is the one type of acne that only effects those of African heritage. Usually the root of pomade acne is caused by oil based hair straightening products. Care should be take when using these products to use keep them away from facial skin.

Dark skin people also get post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which occurs when the skin gets darker after a breakout of acne. This is usually temporary and your skin will go back to its normal color over time.

Whether you are pale or dark skinned, your first port of call for treating acne should be to your dermatologist. He/she will guide you in the correct direction with regards diet and medication.

About the Author:

Mary B Murphy works as a pharmacist in Dublin Ireland. Mary has been a strong figure in irish skin care for over 15 years. Mary is also chairs weekly meetings in for the dublin skin care and skin condition society. Click here to get your own unique version of this article with free reprint rights.

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