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African Americans Find New Solutions to Their Skin Problems from an Unlikely Source
Date:5/28/2013

Asbury Park, NJ (PRWEB) May 28, 2013

In recent years, the emphasis on beauty lies in the skin, each day we see more and more customers interested in finding skin care solutions. Each individual has unique skin care problems, but some ethnic groups are susceptible to more problematic conditions. In general age spots and acne scare are problems that are common regardless of ethnicity. However other skin care problems, those more commonly occur in individuals with darker skin tones. Some of these problems include post inflammation hyperpigmentation, Vitiligo, eczema, and keloids. This skin conditions can be more difficult to treat or appear more noticeable. In order to treat these conditions, people have been looking for alternatives to invasive lasers and acid peels. Fortunately many African Americans are finding relief of these conditions which are treated with topical creams and oral treatments popular in Asian skin care markets.

Why is Dark Skin Different?

Primarily, the main difference when it comes to skin color is one small factor – melanin. Melanin is the primary determinant of skin pigment, often stimulated when the integrity of the skin is compromised, such as exposure to intense ultraviolet rays. Melanin is a natural substance produced by our bodies that gives color/pigment to hair, skin, and the iris of the eye. Melanin is one reason why scars and bumps appear darker and last longer. In treatment, the goal of skin whitening is to slow or stop the body from producing more melanin.

Demographics

A recent study by the University of Cape Town suggests that one woman in three in South Africa bleaches her skin. The reasons for this are as varied as the cultures in this country but most people say they use skin-lighteners to achieve a more even skin tone and others to treat skin conditions. Skin whitening can be
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