Ethnic Skin Care

With review and feedback from CEENTA facial plastic surgeon Neela Rao, MD (Fort Mill)

Many people are seeking healthy-looking skin and turn to a skin care regimen to start their rejuvenation. However, like with other facial plastic care, it is important to consider a person’s ethnicity when beginning a skin care regimen. Different skin types need different care.

Who needs hydration?

Hydrating your skin is when you add water to your skin to improve its firmness and volume. This helps prevent dryness, damage, and signs of premature aging, which can benefit everyone. However, darker skin tones may be prone to dryness, which can exacerbate the production of the natural oils that cause acne. Therefore, people with darker skins will want to use oil-free hydrating products, but at the same time they’ll want to be cautious to not strip natural oils that protect and hydrate the skin.

What happens with hyperpigmentation?

Your skin has special cells that produce a molecule called melanin, which is a protective mechanism against the sun and its UV rays. When exposed to UV rays, the level of melanin increases to protect your skin from their harmful effects. This is why you get a suntan. However, some people can get hyperpigmentation, which is when patches of skin become darker than surrounding skin. Hyperpigmentation can also be caused by changes in hormones, such as during pregnancy.

Hyperpigmentation can be treated with laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, and skincare products. However, doctors and patients need to be aware that different skin types require different treatments. For example, using the wrong wavelength during laser skin resurfacing can cause not just scarring, but permanent hyperpigmentation, too.

Everyone needs sunblock

It’s a common misconception that people with darker skin don’t need to wear sunscreen. However, that is definitely not true. People with all skin types need to wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30. UV rays are everywhere and penetrate through windows and car glass, exposing us even when we are not outside. This is true regardless of whether you are indoors or outdoors most of the day and if the sun is shining or not.

Neela Rao, MDWhere you can start

No matter who you are, there are a few things you can do for healthy skin.

“Healthy and glowing skin first begins with protection and prevention,” CEENTA facial plastic surgeon Neela Rao, MD, said. “A well-rounded diet, consistent sleep regimen, and tailored skin care routine are essential for great skin.”

Skin care with CEENTA

At CEENTA, our physicians are specially trained to know how to treat skin of all types. If you are considering cosmetic care, schedule an appointment with us today.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New patients can make an appointment online with Dr. Rao or any of our facial plastic specialists in North and South Carolina. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with physicians they have already seen.

 


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