What’s The Big Deal About Ethnic Skin??

Hopefully you have taken the time to read about Solo Noir and our mission. You may be wondering…what’s so different about my skin? Let’s take a moment to examine a few key differences.

The most noticeable difference between ethnic skin and Caucasian skin is its color; melanin is responsible for variations in skin color. Because melanin has an estimated SPF of 10, ethnic skin is more resistant to sun burn, but this doesn’t mean you can skip the sun block! Ethnic skin can still get sunburned; it just usually takes longer versus someone with lighter skin. This resistance to the sun could also be a reason for skin cancer occurring less often in ethnic people.

Melanin is also responsible for those pesky dark spots (hyperpigmentation) that linger after a break out or after a cut has healed. Dark spots usually fade away over time anywhere from a few days to a few years. Ironically, trying to ‘fix’ dark spots with laser surgery or chemical peels will only cause them to get worse and possibly cause keloids to develop.

Keloids, most common in African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics, is the excessive growth of scar tissue at the sight of a healed skin injury such as a cut or after an ear-piercing, they can continue to grown for weeks, months or even years. Once a keloid has developed it is permanent unless you get it treated, and even then some have been known to return after the treatment is finished.

I know we have all heard the saying ‘black don’t crack’, and surprisingly there is scientific evidence to back this claim up! Collagen, which gives skin its firmness, is denser in ethnic skin. When you age and begin to lose collagen, you in turn lose firmness which cause wrinkles and sagging. Because collagen is so dense in ethnic skin, losing it takes longer and results in skin keeping its youthful appearance much longer.

All that being said, why would you subject your sensitive skin to just any product or any grooming routine take some time to find out what’s in your products and how it can affect you in the long run.