Ethnic Skin: How is it different?
Hyperpigmentation isn’t the only concern that people of color must consider when choosing an acne treatment. People of African and Asian descent are prone to aggressive or hyperactive healing, which can lead to keloids, or raised scarring. This tendency is also what keeps some people of color wrinkle-free well into middle age. Eczema is also more common among people of African and Asian ethnic origin, according to population-based studies conducted in the United States and United Kingdom. Since some acne treatments can worsen eczema, it is important to keep these differences in mind.
Another skin characteristic that is common among people of a specific ethnic origin is rosacea. People of Northern and Eastern European descent more frequently experience the redness, irritation, and red bumps that are common symptoms of rosacea. Effective rosacea treatment protocols can minimize pustules from acne rosacea and in some cases decrease overall redness.
Acne treatment should be guided by a professional esthetician who understands the character of different types of ethnic skin. With your esthetician, you can develop a customized skin care regimen that will address your acne, get rid of dark spots and acne scars, and address the rest of your skin care needs.
Content provided courtesy of Face Reality Acne Clinic. Wendy Christman is a Face Reality Acne Specialist providing Acne education and Treatments in the Olympia, Wa area.