What are the Best Skin Care Products for Black Skin?

What are the Best Skin Care Products for Black Skin?

The only difference between black skin, brown skin and white skin is the amount of melanin pigment.  The differences in melanin in black skin gives black skin a unique set of skin care concerns, such as ashy skin, sagging skin, and large pores. To learn more about skin care routines for skin of color, click here. To get the best, most personalized skin care routine and skin care advice for black skin, it’s essential to know your Baumann Skin Type®. 

At a minimum, your skin care routine for black skin should contain a cleanser and daily sunscreen. 

What is the Best Cleanser for Black Skin?

Darker skin types are no more oily than lighter skin types, but the sebum (oil) may show more because of the light reflection from the melanin. This is why many people with darker skin tones are wrong about their skin type and often choose the wrong skin care routine- especially the wrong cleanser.  Using the wrong cleanser when you have black skin can lead to ashiness of the skin.  Cleansers directly affect how dry your skin is so it is important to choose the best cleanser for your skin of color.

The cleanser that you choose for your skin should be matched to your Baumann Skin Type.  If you have oily skin,the best cleansers for oily skin have salicylic acid.  If you have dry skin, the best cleansers for dry skin have MLE technology to strengthen your skin’s ability to hold onto water. Take the skin type quiz to know which cleanser is best for your skin.

What is the Best Scrub for Black Skin?

Pidanti Smoothing Polish is one of the best scrubs for black skin. It can be used as a facial scrub or a body scrub to polish skin resulting in glowing, radiant, “glass” skin.  Facial scrubs and body scrubs remove the lighter top layer of dull dead skin cells to leave skin with a smooth texture that reflects light leaving skin radiant.  If you have dark spots on the skin that cause an uneven skin tone, using this exfoliating scrub is particularly beneficial because it allows better penetration of skin care products to even skin tone and it has Vitamin C which has many skin benefits for black skin.

Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, protects the skin from sun damage and helps normalize melanin productions giving the skin an even tone. Vitamin E hydrates skin and is an antioxidant. Green tea extract and CoEnzyme Q10, also antioxidants, provide soothing benefits, while arbutin and ascorbyl palmitate brighten the skin for a radiant appearance and even skin tone.

Pidanti Smoothing Polish is considered a mechanical exfoliant and a chemical exfoliant. This face and body scrub contains glycolic acid and salicylic acid which exfoliate the skin and clear the pores. Exfoliating the skin is a must for black skin as it loosens dead skin cells from the top layer of skin leaving the skin smoother and more radiant.  Scrubs also help treatment products such as acne medications and skin care products to remove dark spots to better penetrate the skin and get to work.

What is the Best Toner for Black Skin? 

The best toner for black skin really depends on any underlying skin concerns you may have. It is always best to know your Baumann Skin Type before buying any skin care products. For example, black skin with uneven pigmentation (darker areas or dark spots after acne) will require skin care products with skin lightening ingredients; inflammation requires a skin care product with soothing ingredients; ashy skin will need a hydrating moisturizer, while acne needs an acne toner or acne treatment serum.

SkinCeuticals LHA Toner is a fresh essence that contains glycolic and salicylic acid which gently exfoliate, resurface and renew black skin. This renew toner is perfect for acne-prone black skin because it unclogs the pores, lipo-hydroxy acid also removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin leaving behind fresh skin.

Element 47 Fortifying Mist is a fresh toner that can safely be used with acne medications without causing dryness or inflammation.  This acne toner maintains the skin’s natural antimicrobial properties and makes the skin unattractive to acne-causing bacteria. This toner contains soothing aloe to prevent further breakouts, keeping skin fresh and clean. Since it is a spray, it can also be used in hard-to-reach places, such as on the back.

VMV Hypoallergenics ID Bump-free Toner is the best gentle toner for allergic skin types. It does not have the most common skin care ingredients that cause skin allergy.  It is important for black skin types to avoid ingredients they are allergic to because any type of skin inflammation can cause an uneven skin tone.



What is the Best Vitamin C Serum for Black Skin?

Do black skin types need Vitamin C?  Yes--- they do!  Most people with black skin do not wear sunscreen every day (although they should!). The sun causes the skin cells to make pigment unevenly leading to uneven skin color of the face.  Vitamin C serums can help even the skin tone and prevent sagging skin. Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, is an antioxidant. Antioxidants are an essential skin care product to soothe and decrease any inflammation, which can be a primary cause of hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone in black skin. Vitamin C is the best antioxidant ingredient for dark skin because it also regulates skin pigmentation.  There are many good Vitamin C serums for hyperpigmentation. Click this link to find Vitamin C serums for all skin types.

 SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, which prevents the free radical damage caused by sun exposure and inflammation, is one of the best Vitamin C serums for hyperpigmentation.  This vitamin C serum can be used to treat melasma and other dark spots on black skin.  Skinceuticals C E Ferulic is expensive but you can find the best vitamin C serums for black skin here and you have many options.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic also contains vitamin E to moisturize the skin, while ferulic acid helps to protect the skin’s overall integrity - and actually makes the vitamin C and vitamin E work even harder!

SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF is a non comedogenic Vitamin C serum that is gentle enough for acne-prone black skin, while diminishing hyperpigmentation and improving the overall skin tone. This ascorbic acid serum helps diminish dark spots on the face from acne. Phloretin is a natural antioxidant extracted from apple trees that allows the serum to penetrate deeper into the skin to combat pigmentation and prevent dull skin.

What is the Best Skin Lightening Cream for Black Skin With Uneven Skin Tone?

A common cause of dark spots on the skin in all skin colors is inflammation caused by an injury, blemish or sun exposure. In black skin, the pink of the inflammation is often masked by the skin’s melanin and the inflammation goes unnoticed and untreated.  This leads to an uneven skin tone.  You can actually see the pink inflammation under the skin with a special camera even though the inflammation is not visible to the naked eye.  Inflammation stimulates the melanin-producing cells in the skin to release excessive pigment.  The disorder melanin pigment leads to dark spots on the skin.  When selecting a skin care product to treat hyperpigmentation or dark spots on skin of color, there are a number of ingredients to look out for.

There are many different skin lightening serums and melasma creams.  Ingredients to look for in a skin lightening cream for black skin include vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant; arbutin, which is a safe skin lightening ingredient for black skin that inhibits the production of tyrosinase (the enzyme in the skin that stimulates the formation of melanin); and kojic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that gently exfoliates the skin, as well as preventing melanin production.

For dry or ashy skin with uneven skin tone, Medature Hydro Bright Treatment is an ideal product that reduces that appearance of dark spots on the skin. Niacinamide soothes skin, hyaluronic acid smooths and hydrates, while hexylresorcinol treats the dark spots and prevents new pigmentation from appearing.

If your pigmentation is caused by sun damage then SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 pigmentation cream is a fantastic product to try. Containing niacinamide calms skin and to even out skin tone and brighten the skin’s appearance, this skin lightening cream also contains tranexamic acid and phenylethyl resorcinol to target hyperpigmentation.



What is the Best Moisturizer for Black Skin?

An effective moisturizer for black skin is essential, particularly as your skin type may require the use of an exfoliating toner or polish, such as Pidanti Smoothing Toner or SkinCeuticals LHA Toner.  To find the best face moisturizer for black skin- you need to take the skin type quiz.  It will identify your Baumann Skin Type® and suggest exact skin care routine steps to treat your skin concerns.  It will ask you about your skin color so that the best tinted sunscreen color for black can be recommended to you.  Personalizing your skin care routine for your skin type will give you faster results.

The best body moisturizer to use following an exfoliating product for black skin is Zerafite Ultra Rich Body Cream, an unscented body cream that will protect the skin barrier, while keeping the skin moisturized. It is also a safe body lotion for use as an eczema cream or psoriasis cream. Try to use Pidanti Smoothing Polish and Zerafite Ultra Rich Body Cream twice per day - morning and evening - for the optimum benefit.

The final word

Whatever your Baumann Skin type is and your skin color is, using a sunscreen daily is essential. Even though your skin doesn’t burn, the sun can still cause damage, which leads to an uneven skin tone and premature sagging. We recommend using an SPF of at least factor 15 every day on any sun exposed areas, but especially the face and hands.

The best thing you can do for your skin is to find a personalized skin care routine perfectly suited to your skin type. Take the free Baumann Skin Type Quiz. now to find out the best skin care routine for your skin type and skin color.

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