After a lifetime of happy, sun filled days, the skin is dotted with freckles, dark spots and patches. But not all spots are equal. There can be little flat dark freckles, larger bumpy areas the size of a raisin and even larger cafe au lait patches of melasma.
I have been exploring different lightening and brightening products on different dark spots on my face and limbs. As it turned out these formulations are not effective against raised or very dark areas of pigmentation. I had tried just about everything on a tan rough spot on my arm which just kept getting bigger. When I finally showed it to Dr Lefkovits, he diagnosed it as a seborrheic keratosis. This is a benign growth that comes with both age and sun exposure. They have a waxy, flakey appearance– not attractive, … Continue Reading… →
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. … Continue Reading… →
Question: I am a 45 year old South Asian women. I now live near Chicago and the weather is usually grey and very cold. My cousin says I still need to use a sunscreen and I think its unnecesary at this time of year. Who is right?
Answer: Umm, I tend to stay out of family arguments, but in this case I have to say your cousin is right. The UV rays are hitting our skin all year round. While your melanin rich complexion provides protection from sun aging and skin cancers, even weak UV rays can provoke unwanted patches of darker pigmentation known as hyperpigmentation or melasma. Brown spots and splotches are an increasing problem for skin of color. Rather than spend a good part of your beauty dollar on products that promise to brighten and even out the skin tones, prevent hyperpigmentation … Continue Reading… →
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 … Continue Reading… →
Tri-luma was a popular combination of tretinoin ( the generic name for Retin-A), hydroquinone to lighten the skin and a medium strength steroid by the name of flucinolone. The tretinoin would hasten skin growth and exfoliation to shed darkened skin; the hydroquinone would decease melanin production and the steroid would avoid redness and swelling from the other two turbo driven ingredients. It worked well for my under eye shadows and was the go to-product for brown patches known as melasma.
It would take at least three weeks to see results for Tri-luma, but when it worked, it WORKED. You had to be complusive about sunscreen using at least a 30SPF during and after Tri-luma since the ingredients increased sun sensitivity to the sun.Then one day Tri-luma seemed to disappear from pharmacy … Continue Reading… →