Skin tips for W.O.C


If you are like me and you are tired of a million home remedies suggested by beauty bloggers and YouTubers, well this article is for us! First of all I hate routine which is a hidden reason why those tips may not be working for me but nevertheless, everyone deserves almost effortless glowing skin, right?

1. Get oil under control

"People who have darker skin tend to be a bit more oily, so they should use products that are non-comedogenic and won't clog the pores," explains board-certified dermatologist and founder of DermWarehouseAlan J. Parks, MD. One of Dr. Park's favorites is the Glytone Mild Gel Cleanser for oily skin. Another great option is BlackUp Daily Face Purifying Gel.

2. Stop popping your pimples-

If this isn't me, the explainable satisfaction i get from picking at my face. But since darker skin tones tend to scar easily, those popped zits can turn into dark spots that will take WAY longer to heal. "I always counsel my patients to avoid picking their pimples as much as possible," says dermatologist and founder of Derma di ColoreCarlos A. Charles, MD. Rather than squeezing, soak a cotton swab in benzoyl peroxide and dab it on the zit. 

3. Sunscreen is not optional-

Not sure where we dark skin girls got the orientation that we do not need to use sunscreen before going into the sun to get our skin recharged and stuff. According to Dr. Park, since people of color are more likely to have discoloration from old acne lesions and the sun makes dark spots darker, you absolutely need to be on top of your sunscreen regimen. Try UNSUN, a sunscreen line developed by Katonya Breaux (singer-songwriter Frank Ocean's mom). UNSUN is slightly tinted to blend with darker skin tones, so you won't wind up with that white film all over.

4. Forehead Acne?

There's actually a name for this type of acne: Pomade acne. Sometimes hair oil can clog the pores in the areas around your hairline. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you swap out your hair-care products for ones that contain water or glycerin (instead of oil). Another good habit to pick up: Use hair oil only in the middle of your scalp and ends of your hair — that way it's less likely to come in contact with your face. Also, ALWAYS wash your head scarf to avoid transferring hair oils and dirt onto your skin.

5. Give oil cleansing a try.

To oil cleanse, hold a warm water-soaked washcloth on your face for about a minute. Then, rub a dime-sized amount of the oil of your choice into your skin. Use the same washcloth to gently remove the oil. If straight-up oil cleansing makes you nervous, get your feet wet with an oil-based cleanser first. 

Also you know what they say "you are what you eat"; so eat healthy for good looking skin.