According to “Cosmopolitan,” black skin can be more prone to breakouts than other skin tones. Not only can you get pimples, but darker skin can also develop brown spots or areas of hyperpigmentation after your acne has cleared, especially if you pick at or pop your zits. Get rid of blemishes and clogged pores by using products designed to combat oil and acne, and then ward off brown spots and scars with a lightening treatment designed with your skin tone in mind. Daily care and maintenance will help you achieve the clear and spotless black skin you desire.
Wash your face in the morning with a cleanser that contains salicylic acid. “Cosmopolitan” states that this acne-fighting ingredient will help clear out your pores, heal pimples and get rid of any dirt and residue that can cause you to break out. Wet your face and hands, apply the cleanser to your face with a circular motion and then rinse it off.
Apply a cream that contains salicylic acid over each area of your face where you experience breakouts, and dab a little extra directly on top of pimples. If you have sensitive skin or mild acne, skip this step and go directly to Step 3.
Allow the cream to absorb into your skin for a few minutes, and then apply a lightweight moisturizer with SPF onto your face. This will keep flaking and irritation at a minimum, as well as help prevent the ashy appearance that black skin can experience. The SPF will help guard against the sun damage that can make acne and scarring look worse. Choose an oil-free product that promises not to clog pores, and apply it as often as needed throughout the day.
Clean your face again at night with the same face wash. Dry it and then smooth on a dark spot correcting serum. Look for a product that is safe for use on black skin and that promises to fade spots and even out your overall complexion. Apply the serum over your entire face and concentrate especially on any spots or scars.
Use an exfoliating scrub twice a week after washing your face at night. Essence.com suggests choosing a product designed to target blackheads and rid your pores of impurities. Massage the scrub onto damp skin and rinse thoroughly.
Things You'll Need
Salicylic acid face wash
Salicylic acid cream
Moisturizer with SPF
Dark spot correcting serum
If you experience excessive irritation or an allergic reaction to a product, stop using it and seek medical attention.