Acne is a type of skin disease and occurs in most people. This usually starts when a person is in his/her teens. Though there is no particular age for acne to occur, people who are in their 30s and 40s can also suffer from this skin disease. Other than the hormonal changes in the body, the occurrence of acne varies from different skin types as well. There are many African-Americans who suffer from this problem as their skin is very sensitive and prone to acne. There is a great risk of scarring and these results in more number of Keloid scars.
Since African American skin is prone to acne, a lot of attention should be paid to products and other such things that may lead to acne breakouts. These products may have a negative effect on the skin and cause acne.
African American skin varies as it can be dry, oily, thick or just a combination of these. Choosing the right moisturizer may be a little difficult. People with this type of complexion face a little problem to keep their skin clear and healthy. In African American skin type, the oil glands are large as compared to Caucasian or Asian skin. These large oil glands result in clogged pores, and unclear appearance therefore leading to acne breakouts. Acne is the most common problem that African American people suffer. Below are a few steps to help you take care and reduce acne problems:
Step 1) Use a gentle face wash or a cleanser to clean your skin. This should be done at least once or twice in a day. For very oily skin, you should wash your face more number of times but remember washing very often can worsen the acne.
Step 2) If you have a non-comedogenic sunscreen, apply it along with a moisturizer wherever there is acne. The most common areas where acne is seen are on the face, shoulder, back, chest and neck.
Step 3) Avoid using pomade wherever there is acne. Pomade can be used in areas where the product would not touch your face. Acne cosmetica is a condition that is caused when pomade is used.
Step 4) People with African American skin can opt for skin lightning products if the skin is darkening. Do not blindly follow, but do read the instructions printed in the package as it again varies from product to product.
Step 5) Picking pimples are a very common thing that people do. This should be avoided as picking pimples causes scarring. Keloid scars are a result of excessive picking in African American skin. This also leads to skin infection.
Step 6) If you think that acne has spread, do consult a dermatologist and go for a proper medication. A medication that is prescribed by a dermatologist would help to control acne breakouts. When it comes to African American skin, some over-the-counter medications are too strong and may even worsen acne.