1. Some skin issues affect people of color more frequently
Although hyperpigmentation issues can affect anyone, people of color are more likely to develop them. Two of the most common pigmentation-related concerns are melasma, a condition that causes patches of brown skin and is commonly related to hormonal shifts, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), which causes dark spots to appear after an inflammatory event, such as eczema or acne. Those who already have more melanin in their skin (i.e. Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, etc.) are more likely to develop hyperpigmentation after an inflammatory issue. Although these pigmentation issues can be stubborn, they can be lightened through topical treatments and/or chemical peels.
2. Wear sunscreen
A common skincare misconception is that having darker skin is sufficient protection against the damage of UV rays. But even people with darker skin need sunscreen to prevent sunburns and skin cancer. Although people of color are less likely to develop melanoma, they are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage. Sunscreen is the essential first line of defense against sun damage, which can occur even if you don’t get a burn. When choosing a sunscreen, make sure to get one with broad-spectrum protection and at least SPF 30.