If you want good skin, you need to take care of it. But sometimes sudden breakouts and rashes can prevent the healthiest of skin from looking good. It's tough to deal with. And in people with color, it's even tougher, because skin irritations can mean more than just a few pimples.
When Charan Banks was younger, she never had a problem with her skin. But as she's aged she's been seeing breakouts. She says, "I never had pimples, and now I have pimples like crazy."
Charan also suffers from hyperpigmentation which is the darkening of an area of skin or nails caused by increased melanin or color in the skin. It can be caused by sun damage or other skin injuries, including those related to acne. People with darker Asian, Mediterranean or African skin tones are more prone to the condition. Dr. Howard Brooks says, "A person of color has to worry about acne but then after the acne goes away there can be a darkening of the skin or a lightening of the skin."
Best ways to take care of darker skin? Always use a sunscreen. Dr. Howard says, "A lot of people of color don't know that, they think because we have darker complexions than Caucasian patients, that we don't have to wear sunscreen, but we can get skin cancer like anyone else."
There are also lasers and peels that are designed to protect darker skin. But look for a licensed dermatologist when having these procedures done. Dr. Howard says, "A person can come out scarred, they can become discolored or disfigured, so you need to make sure you are using the right laser, the right chemical peel."
And a gentle cleanser and moisturizer are essential. Things Charan Banks is now doing to keep her skin healthy.