Acne Skin Care for Blacks

Overview

Treating acne is no picnic. It requires maintaining proper skin care and using various creams and medications to kill bacteria, reduce oil production and encourage dead skin cells to slough off to unclog pores. QuickCare.org says that if you have dark skin or are of African American descent, acne proves even more difficult to get rid of due to heightened skin sensitivity and an increased disposition to scarring. Even so, you can care for your acne-prone skin.

Step 1

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser each morning and night. Look for a product that uses salicylic acid as its main ingredient. This proves gentler on black skin than benzoyl peroxide, which bleaches the skin.

Step 2

Soak a cotton pad with a gentle toner and wipe all over your face to remove dead skin cells, makeup, dirt and oil. Look for an alcohol-free tone comprised of citric acid or witch hazel as an alternative.

Step 3

Apply olive oil to the skin each night to hydrate and moisten the skin. This proves especially important if you have dry, peeling skin. This soothes inflammation on acne lesions. However, if your skin is naturally oily, avoid applying olive oil to the skin as this will likely worsen your breakouts.

Step 4

Apply a hydrating moisturizer to your skin after toning each morning and evening. Be gentle in your application, using your fingertips to rub the cream into your skin until it’s absorbed. Use an oil-free formula to hydrate without irritating blemishes.

Step 5

Seek advice from a dermatologist for treating your acne. Sometimes, prescription medications are needed to adequately kill acne bacteria and prevent scarring. Antibiotics, both topical and oral kill the bacteria that causes acne and prevent it from returning. Isotretinoin, or Accutane, decreases the amount of oil your skin produces and kill acne bacteria, according to AcneNet. Though it carries serious side effects like birth defects and depression, Accutane proves effective at getting rid of acne for good. It makes black skin extra dry, however, so use of a good moisturizer is a must.