Skin Health Magazine Issue #6 / Winter 2018 - Page 11

should be of the same skin colour , as it was felt that this would positively enhance the treatment outcome . Knowing that a positive treatment outcome is dependent on practitioner experience and knowledge rather than the practitioner ’ s skin colour , is another reason why Black Skin Directory is so important ; it dispels these types of myths and opens up availability and accessibility to skin treatments for everyone .” Here , Dija sheds some light on the most common skin concerns affecting dark complexions and the most effective ways to treat them .
HYPERPIGMENTATION
Uneven darkening of the skin can be down to a number of factors , from hormones to holidays in the sun , but the condition isn ’ t as easy to treat as people think . “ Although hyperpigmentation is often a secondary outcome to a skin condition , for many people of colour it can end up being the greatest skin concern , over and above the actual cause of it ,” explains Dija . While hyperpigmentation caused by UV exposure is easy to prevent with the daily application of a sunscreen , it ’ s Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation or PIH which is the most difficult for people of colour to correct . “ Due to the genetics of black skin , PIH can be a lifelong occurrence ,” says Dija . “ However , a solid skin care regime will help to prevent it . Using Vitamin A and Alpha Hydroxy Acids will encourage cell turnover and serums that contain skin brighteners like Vitamin C can help to improve uneven skin tone . Professional skin treatments like chemical peels , laser , mesotherapy and micro-needling can all help to disperse hyperpigmentation successfully .”
DIJA ’ S PICK : NeoStrata Enlighten Serum “ This takes a multi-pronged approached to tackling hyperpigmentation by inhibiting tyrosinase – a precursor in the production of melanin . It also actively fades discolouration with the help of NeoGlucosamine , Vitamin C and Liquorice .”
ACNE
Persistent breakouts and painful pimples are more common in darker skin tones , as overactive sebaceous glands can cause the pores to become blocked more frequently . But there are other reasons why dark skins battle blemishes , as Dija explains : “ Acne affects all ethnicities , but there are some contributing factors that can cause or exacerbate the condition in people of colour . For example , the use of hair pomades in hair styling that may contain petroleum jelly , mineral oil or waxes can lead to ‘ pomade acne ’, which consists predominantly of comedones along the hairline . Other occlusive skin products that feature heavily in the routines of people of colour , such as Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter , can also clog pores leading to breakouts .” To treat the condition , sufferers must stick to non-comedogenic products and exfoliate regularly , as acne scarring and the aforementioned PIH can be a troublesome after-effect of poor complexion management . Dija suggests using Retinol and AHAs , a good sunscreen during the day , and anti-bacterial products to keep the pores clear . Sufferers should also think about trying a chemical peel or LED Light Therapy alongside any at-home treatments .
DIJA ’ S PICK : bea Skincare Glyco Serum 15 % “ This AHA serum exfoliates under-performing old skin cells , unclogs pores and accelerates skin cell turnover .”
PSEUDOFOLLICULITIS
Also known as shaving bumps and barber ’ s itch , this happens when hair is cut or shaved too short , resulting in the hair shaft retracting back into the hair follicle . “ The condition mainly affects people with thick , curly Afro hair that , when cut , grows back into the skin causing painful inflammation and swelling of the hair follicle ,” says Dija . The best course of action is to switch to single-blade razors and to invest in a cleanser that contains AHAs . “ It is impor-
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should be of the same skin colour, as it was felt that this would positively enhance the treatment outcome. Knowing that a positive treatment outcome is dependent on practitioner experience and knowledge rather than the practitioner’s skin colour, is another reason why Black Skin Directory is so important; it dispels these types of myths and opens up availability and acces- sibility to skin treatments for everyone.” Here, Dija sheds some light on the most common skin concerns affecting dark complex- ions and the most effective ways to treat them. HYPERPIGMENTATION Uneven darkening of the skin can be down to a number of factors, from hormones to holidays in the sun, but the condition isn’t as easy to treat as people think. “Although hyperpigmen- tation is often a secondary outcome to a skin condition, for many people of colour it can end up being the greatest skin concern, over and above the actual cause of it,” explains Dija. While hyperpigmentation caused by UV expo- sure is easy to prevent with the daily application of a sunscreen, it’s Post-Inflammatory Hyper- pigmentation or PIH which is the most difficult for people of colour to correct. “Due to the genetics of black skin, PIH can be a lifelong occurrence,” says Dija. “However, a solid skin care regime will help to prevent it. Using Vitamin A and Alpha Hydroxy Acids will en- courage cell turnover and serums that contain skin brighteners like Vitamin C can help to improve uneven skin tone. Professional skin treatments like chemical peels, laser, mesother- apy and micro-needling can all help to disperse hyperpigmentation successfully.” DIJA’S PICK: NeoStrata Enlighten Serum “This takes a multi-pronge B&6VBFF6ƖrW'vVFF'憖&FpG&66R( 2&V7W'6"FR&GV7FbVB67FfVǒfFW2F66W"ЦFvFFRVbVvV66֖RfF֖2BƗV&6R( Ф4PW'67FVB'&VWG2BgVW2&P&R6F&W"6FW22fW&2ЧFfR6V&6VW2vG266W6RFR&W2F&V6R&6VB&Rg&WVVFǒ'WBFW&R&PFW"&V62vF&62&GFR&V֗6W22FW3( 6RffV7G2WF6FW2'WBFW&R&R6R6G&'WFrf7F'2FB66W6R"W6W&&FRFR6FFVR`6W"f"WRFRW6Rb"FW0"7GƖrFB6FWG&WVVǒ֖W&"vW26VBF( FR6^( v6667G2&VF֖Fǒb6VFW0rFR&ƖRFW"66W6fR6&GV7G0FBfVGW&RVfǒFR&WFW2bVPb6W"7V6266'WGFW"B6V'WGFW"666r&W2VFrF'&VWG2( ХFG&VBFR6FF7VffW&W'2W7B7F6F6VFvV2&GV7G2BWfƖFR&VrЧV&ǒ26R66'&rBFRf&VVFV@6&RG&V&W6RgFW"VffV7Bb 6WvVVBF7VvvW7G2W6p&WFB2vB7V67&VVGW&pFRFBF&7FW&&GV7G2FVWFP&W26V"7VffW&W'26VB6F&W@G'r6V֖6VV"TBƖvBFW&w6FRBֆRG&VFVG2D( 24&V66&Rvǖ66W'VRP( F26W'VWfƖFW2VFW"W&f&ЦrB66V2V6w2&W2B66VW"ЦFW266VGW&fW"( Х4UTDdĔ5TĕD06v26fr'V2B&&&W.( 2F6F2V2vV"27WB"6fVBF6'B&W7VFrFR"6gB&WG&7Fr&6FFR"fƖ6R( FR6FFǐffV7G2VRvFF67W&ǒg&"FBvV7WBw&w2&6FFR66W6pgVfFB7vVƖrbFR fƖ6R( 62FFR&W7B6W'6Rb7Fগ2F7vF6F6vR&FR&'2BFfW7@6V6W"FB6F22( ėB2"Ф55TR3b#6VFvR6