Dark Complexions

Dark complexions are thicker and more resilient than lighter-colored skin. They have numerous sweat glands and larger sebaceous glands which can cause problems with oiliness but also mean the skin will age well. To keep oil secretions under control, use specialist products and oil-free preparations or cosmetics which have a matt finish.

Skin tones are often uneven, usually darker on the forehead and mouth and lighter on the cheeks and lower lip. Pigmentation problems and vitiligo (a condition in which skin loses its melanin pigment permanently) can be camouflaged with make-up. Use gentle products and avoid harsh alcohol-based toners, and products containing irritants, such as resorcinol, as they can cause mottling.

Dark complexions naturally renew themselves quicker than paler skin, which is why they usually look much smoother and feel softer. During cold weather, dark skin has a tendency to become dry, flaky and dull, so step up exfoliation but use gentle, non-abrasive formulations.

Dark skins are prone to scarring, so always handle with care and do not use overzealous treatments. Do not pick at any spots as a small imperfection can turn into a prominent scar. Chemical peels, dermabrasion and cosmetic surgery are not recommended for darker skins as they can lead to severe scarring. Although dark skins have a greater natural resistance to the sun due to the high level of melanin, experts still recommend protecting the skin with an SPF-enriched moisturizer.

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