This beautiful spring morning the host of Fashion Flash is Jodell of Black Cat Plus. Not only does Jodell discuss the plus size fashion tips, she is now an e-tailer of some of the top clothing brands. My cousin lives in an area where choices in plus size fashion is very limited. She could find the basics, but for anything aboove that it was a struggle. Now with Black Cat Plus she can find clothing she loves, not something she has to settle for.
And when you’ve finished looking through all the dynamic Fashion Flash sites, check out Brown Skin by Susan Taylor MD. A Harvard trained dermatologist, Dr Taylor provides a culturally sensitive, comprehensive guide to skin care for women of color. African American, Hispanic and Asian skin has the ability to naturally resist aging, but is vulnerable to problems of too much or too little pigmentation. This can cause different types of dark or light patches such as hyperigmentation, melasma, and vertiligo.
I get many questions from the Phillipines asking about safety of Retin A and IPl for darker skin tones. Brown Skin provides the best explanation of what causes these skin color changes and how to treat them. For example for the first time I learned that pigmentation can occur both in the epidermis, the upper layer of the skin and in the dermis, the lower layer. The brown pigments in the upper layer can usually be treated successfully, but the black pigments deep in the dermis are much more difficult to manage. This is important because overly aggressive treatment can actually make hyperpigmentation worse. For Dr Taylor all women of color MUST wear sunscreen, no so mucht to avoid aging, but to prevent dark spots and patches.
Brown Skin also has great targeted advice on acne prevention and treatment. And again its important to tailor any acne program to avoid irritation which can produce darkened areas. For example one type of popular antibioitic, Minocycline, used for acne control can actually increase pigmentation.