Every day I get great skin care questions from visitors to No-Nonsense Beauty Blog. Some like which moisturizer to wear with Retin A or how does vitamin C work , I can answer easily. Others like skin care during pregnancy deal with health issues that need an expert for safe and accurate info. But its the questions about skin of color that challenge me the most. All too often these questions ask for advice after standard treatments have not only failed , they have made the situation worse.
Skin of color is genuinely less troubled by acne and aging, but its this inherent strength that can lead to two common problems– irregular pigmentation and scarring. For example at least once a week I get an email asking about the safety of hydroquinone for lightening dark patches. More critical are the e-mails where women of South Asian or Phillipino descent developed irregular areas of pigmentation from laser treatments. Its heartbreaking to read and it will take time and money with the right doctors to reverse this type of damage.
This type of damage CAN be reversed, and that’s one of the reasons I have now installed a new tab that brings together all the questions and answers that deal with problems that affect skin of color. These posts look at issues like the difference between skin lightening and skin brightening and safe acne treatment for women of color.
Many of the skin care tools and treatments that are used for common problem provoke irritation to encourage skin growth. However in skin of color this irritation can trigger dark patches and irregular skin tones. But used properly with people who really know what they are doing, any skin can get wonderful results.
I love all the questions that arrive in my email but I am especially excited about real time questions about skin of color. I feel there is a lack of accurate and effective information and I look forward to filling this under recognized need.