The ABCs of Acne
In general, acne happens when the pores and hair follicles on the skin become blocked with oil and/or dead skin cells. Contrary to popular belief, acne doesn’t just refer to bumps and inflammation, it can also come in the form of whiteheads and blackheads.
No matter where you call home, summer means hotter temperatures and usually a bit more humidity in the air. Hotter temps create perfect conditions for acne as sweating leads to things like increased oil production and the escalation of clogged pores.
Sunscreen for the Win
While it’s true that those who produce more melanin in their skin have more natural protection from the sun’s UV rays, sunscreen is still a must for healthy skin no matter what your shade may be.
Although those of us with darker skin typically don’t burn in the sun as quickly, skin damage happens over time, regardless of if you burn or not. Skin experts recommend that everyone wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, to prevent the risks of sun damage and cancer.
Worried about white cast? These days there are tons of sunscreens created especially for melanated skin that won’t leave behind unwanted residue. We love Black Girl Sunscreen, which doubles as a moisturizing lotion and dries clear, and Buttah by Dorian Renaud Tinted Mineral Sunscreen to name a couple.
Staying on top of the ins and outs of healthy skin is essential. Thankfully, there’s informative info out there from those in the know. Here’s a few of our fave experts who help us keep up with our skin care on the daily.
Michelle Henry, MD
Leader of Skin and Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan, Mount Sinai and Harvard trained, board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Michelle Henry is all about providing beneficial skin info alongside everyday tips and tricks. A member of Farfetch’s Beauty Global Collective, Henry has collaborated with renowned beauty brands internationally.
Aesthetician and founder of the award-winning Black Skin Directory (a stellar resource that’s basically a who’s who of skincare brands and experts for people of color), Dija Ayodele is “serving Black sisterhood deeply” by “revolutionizing how women of color access the beauty world in a way that makes them feel seen and valued.” Her book, 'Black Skin' tackles issues like hyperpigmentation, dryness while also providing daily routine tips and tricks.
The Skin Theologian
The Skin Theologian, aka C.R. Cooper is more than just an author and educator passionate about skincare equity and truth, she is also a brilliant resource for those looking to improve their skincare routine and overall skin health. Her No Compromise Black Skincare Guides are meticulously crafted materials that take a deep