Skin problems in women of color is not a new phenomena. Our skin is more prone to problems (ex: acne, hyper-pigmentation) due to the amount of pigment contained within.
Of course, skin problems are increasing as a result of environmental-pollution, eating habits and other factors that seem to be prevalent in this “modern day” society we live in. There are various types of skin problems that trouble humanity from simple skin problems to skin cancer.
Some skin problems are more common in different racial groups, and even different age groups. Middle age, fair skin women are more prone to conditions such as Rosacea.
African Americans are more susceptible to serious cases of Eczema. That doesn’t mean that if you don’t fall within a specific ethnic group, you won’t or have never experienced the condition.
A Cause for Every Symptom
There can be many causes behind the various skin problems. There are also very specific symptoms associated with each type of skin problem. A dermatologist is the best one to identify and diagnose skin problems. He or she won’t look at a case of eczema or psoriasis and confuse it with a case of acne. The different types of skin problems (and there are many) are associated with specific symptoms. Once your particular skin problem has been diagnosed, there are various courses of treatment available.
In returning to my earlier comment about our “modern day” society, the flip side to it is that the medical community has made huge advances in science and treatments for various medical conditions, including skin problems.
Depending on the type of skin problem you have and its severity, you have access to cures and very successful treatments.
Holistic and Alternative Options
I prefer a holistic approach over heavily laced chemical medications. There are times however when natural cures are not the best option. For example, if you have a bacterial infection, modern medicine might be your best option.
For Eczema, natural holistic treatments are a great alternative. For mild cases of acne, natural skin care products are a viable alternative. It’s really a personal choice how you want to treat certain conditions. Medical doctors will almost always guide you towards modern medicine. (ex: using topical corticosteroids to treat Eczema).
The problem with most medication is there is usually some form of negative side effect. Natural cures don’t have the side effects that most pharmaceutical and over the counter drugs have, so they are worth trying first when the condition isn’t very serious.