Everybody’s skin is unique but it goes without saying that darker skin conditions tend to be more common. This stems from factors ranging from skin sensitivity, non-use of skin care products specially made for darker skin types to the use of generic hygiene products aren’t ideal for the dark skin. Below are some of the common skin conditions that tend to affect dark skin.
Acne can occur in any skin type. But due to its link to hyperpigmentation, it is of greatest concern for people with dark skin. Acne develops when there is an overproduction of oil in the skin. That oil mixes with bacteria within the pores and blocks the pore openings. This causes inflammation just under the skin, which results in lesions – anything from small, discreet bumps to large cysts.
Here the skin either produces too much pigment or the pigment is deposited deep within the skin, resulting in dark spots. When color is lost, it’s called hypopigmentation, which results in light-colored patches. All people with dark skin are at risk for both skin conditions.
Any time dark skin is injured in certain areas, there’s an increased risk of a keloid – a scar that spreads beyond the boundary of the original injury and develops into a growth. The most common causes of keloids are cuts or burns. The most common locations are the earlobes, chest, back, and arms.
In this condition, skin becomes de-pigmented. The loss of color causes large, white patches to appear. Vitiligo is most noticeable in those with dark skin. Vitiligo is thought to develop when melanin-producing cells are damaged, though no one is certain why this happens.
This condition is characterized by an itchy, red rash that comes on gradually and lasts a long time. It can be triggered by such things as stress, extreme changes in temperature, dry skin, pet or plant allergies, or irritations caused by skin care or cosmetic ingredients.
Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB)
This skin condition is characterized by bumps under the surface of the skin, and is often confused with acne. But the problem actually stems from ingrown hairs. It most often occurs in darker skins due to the distinct shape of the hair follicle.
Good news is; we treat all these skin conditions are treated at Avane.