Acne. Eczema. Hyperpigmentation. All of these are skin problems that black women commonly encounter. Regardless of what your problem is, you can work to improve or correct it.
One thing being a black woman and a product junkie has taught me is how important it is to be simplistic in your approach to self care. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you are in the process of learning how to properly care for your skin or hair (See my article on 6 Ways to Cut Through The Natural Hair Noise). That’s why I’ve scaled back on the number of products I use on my hair and my skin.
Don’t get me wrong. There’s a period of time when you are learning what works for your skin. During that time you may use a number of products to try and find what works for you. As you know, what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for all.
Getting to the root cause
To take charge of any skin problems you may have, you have to first identify the culprit, the cause When you know what it it is that causes your acne breakouts for example, you are better able to deal with them.
Let’s say your skin breaks out every month around the same time. It’s easy to blame it on your hormones. However, it may not necessarily be your hormones causing the outbreak. Maybe your hormones are causing you to eat some things that influences\ an increase in oil in your skin. Your diet is then the cause of the breakout.
This is just an example but I think you get the point.
Finding a Solution
After discovering what’s causing your skin problems, you can then seek a solution to manage it or treat it.
Among the decision you must make are:
- What type of skin care products should I use?
- Do I go with a pharmaceutical grade product or improve my skin with natural remedies?
- Should I see a dermatologist or an esthetician?
Answers to these question will vary depending on what type of skin problem you are experiencing. Certainly, first choosing to see a dermatologist who specializes in black women skin problems can help you with finding answers to the others.
During your journey to improved skin health (Trust. It never ends) you’ll find that you don’t need as many products as you first set out with.