7 Essential Skincare Solutions For Women of Color


I have tried to find suitable skincare solutions to some of our most common skin disorders & conditions. Working in the industry, I am Skincare Solutions regularly faced with women of color, who want to look great but have underlying skin conditions, which must be dealt with, to ensure that at grass roots, we maintain a clear & healthy skin. I hope you find my advice & suggestions helpful.

Please note: I am not a party to any affiliated programs of any of the products that I am suggesting.

Melasma is a skin pigmentation complaint that is the result of functional problems associated with the production of melanin pigment in the skin cells. I could talk for ages on treatments & solutions for Melasma, but why try to re-invent the wheel & re-write articles from an expert source that have been put together so well. For cures & treatments of Melasma I am going to direct you to the Melasma Association website. You will find answers to all of your questions regarding Melasma, here.

The First product I suggest for the disguising or camouflaging pigmentation problems is Dermablend. This camouflage product was previously obtainable only on prescription but can now be bought over the counter. It is a 2 Stage Cover & Fix system where stage 1 is a High Coverage Corrective Cream & Stage 2, the Fix, is a Setting Powder that reinforces the Corrective Cream’s hold over 16 hours, without highlighting skin texture irregularities. This really is a must have product for anyone looking for a flawless finish. The cover lasts all day without creating a mask-like, caked result.

Women with brown skin, suffer frequent pigmentation problems induced by prescribed drugs & medications, particularly women of African and Latino descent who may be taking prescription drugs for heart disease, hypertension & diabetes. They may be more prone to hyper pigmentation (dark patches), brought on by various allergic reactions to some of the commonly used medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), phenytoin, antimalarials, amiodarone, antipsychotic drugs, cytotoxic drugs, tetracycline and heavy metals. There are various reactions that take place between certain drugs/medications & melanin. This may lead to pigmentation changes when the skin is exposed to sunlight.

The following skin defects may also be dealt with, by using Dermablend: Post-operative scars, Vitiligo, Angioma, Acne, Rosacea, red patches & pronounced dark patches & hyperpigmentation are skin defects, which are felt by women of color, to be real aesthetic nightmares. Corrective cover can significantly improve the quality of life for those suffering permanent or temporary skin defects, which may be localised or extensive and quite often can be very difficult to come to terms with.

Cursed with abnormal healing of the skin, Women of Color have to endure unsightly scars or Keloids when their skin has been injured. It may heal, leaving different types of scar: level, depressed or slightly raised. Keloidal scarring is large and raised & for these types of injuries, Dermablend is particularly suitable for camouflaging. More information is available at the Dermablend website.

The Second treatment I would heartily suggest is Even Better Skin Tone Corrector by Clinique. You will look visibly younger when your beautiful brown skin is more evenly toned. Trying to undo the visible evidence of sun damage, dark patches, skin stresses, age spots & even the darkening that follows acne scarring, this serum from Clinique helps to smooth your complexion, giving you a more even skintone. The serum can be layered under moisturiser and make-up, to prime your skin and with regular use; your skin emerges clearer and healthier. Don’t expect miracles, as the serum should be used for at least 28 days as part of your daily routine. You will find all the information you need about Even Better Skin Tone Corrector at the Clinique website.