The One Product "Non-Pigmented" Skin Needs
Dr. Leslie Baumann
When it comes to the appearance of your skin, you’re lucky to be an even-toned, “Nonpigmented” type. “Nonpigmented” refers to the fact that your skin is even toned—and does not refer at all to your ethnicity. “Nonpigmented” types have an even skin tone that can make you look years younger than you really are. Both light and dark skin tones can be “Nonpigmented.” Those with uneven skin tone (dark and light areas) are referred to as “Pigmented” types in the Baumann Skin Classification System. “Pigmented” types fight uneven skin tone on a daily basis. Darker skin types are more likely to be “Pigmented” because darker skin has more melanin—which can be overproduced in certain areas when things go awry.
All types of skin need a daily sunscreen, however, “Nonpigmented” types may be at a higher risk of skin cancer because their melanin producing cells (melanocytes) are less active. Melanin acts like built-in sunscreen. While darker complexions have an inherent SPF of about 15, lighter skins only have an SPF of about 3, and this can put you at a higher risk for skin cancer.
So naturally, sunscreen needs to be part of your “Nonpigmented” skin’s daily routine. Sun protection not only reduces the risk of skin cancer, it also helps prevent pigment formation so you can maintain your even skin tone for years to come (and continue to be the envy of your uneven toned friends).
Be sure your daily moisturizer contains SPF of at least 30, and have a stronger sunscreen on hand for when you’re spending a significant amount of time outdoors. It’s also important to get a dose of antioxidants with your SPF, whether they’re part of the sunscreen itself or you layer an antioxidant serum underneath your sun protection. If you’re “Sensitive,” look for physical blocks that contain zinc oxide and titanium oxide because these are less likely to cause irritation. (Check out MD Solar Sciences.) If your skin is “Resistant,” it can tolerate chemical sunscreen ingredients like avobenzone. (We like Supergoop! SPF 30+ Everyday.)
Because you’re at a higher risk of skin cancer, it’s especially important to see your dermatologist for yearly full-body checks. Even if you have dark skin, it is important to remember that you are at risk for skin cancer, too! If you notice any suspicious changes in moles or beauty marks, don’t hesitate to make an appointment. The earlier skin cancer is caught, the higher the cure rate, so this isn’t a time to procrastinate! Find a dermatologist at www.aad.org.
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