There are some skin concerns that are more common in men than women and there are some skin concerns that are more common in darker skin tones. Here are the ones you need to know about when you start to create your skincare routine:
If you have dry skin - either from shaving, the weather or your natural skin type - then you might find that your skin looks dull, flakey and ashy. One of the key things for ashy skin is to keep your skin hydrated, with a daily moisturiser like the Melyon Day Cream. If your skin’s really dry then you can use a facial oil, or a heavier night cream for and extra boost
Exfoliating your skin regularly is important when it comes to dry skin. This removes the dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, banishing flakes and ashiness. Use a gentle exfoliator once or twice a week to keep your skin flake-free. Regular exfoliation is also great for ingrown hairs too!
Hyperpigmentation and Dark Spots
Scars, skin damage, sun exposure, inflammation and ingrown hairs can all cause patches of darker skin to form on the face. This is known as hyperpigmentation. The best thing is to avoid skin damage in the first place, but if you already have hyperpigmentation on your skin, you can treat it with gentle exfoliation using the Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Enzyme Cleanser.
Always treat your skin gently, and go easy with any exfoliators or treatments if you’re prone to hyperpigmentation. You should always wear sunscreen as part of your daily routine to protect your skin from hyperpigmentation and serious conditions like skin cancer - the Ultrasun UV Face and Scalp Mist is perfect for protecting your skin from sun damage.
Acne, Blocked Pores and Blackheads
Men are more likely to have oily skin, which can lead to breakouts and blackheads. If this is something that you struggle with, and you have melanin-rich skin, then finding the right skincare products for black men is a really important part of the process.
You want to use a gentle daily cleanser that will clear away dirt, sweat and pollution without stripping your skin of it’s natural barrier. The Melyon Milk Cleanser is ideal for keeping your skin clear as it contains salicylic acid (an ingredient known for it’s acne-fighting powers). Regular exfoliation and a gentle toner can help you to rebalance your skin and deal with breakouts too - be gentle on your skin and avoid causing damage to your skin through picking or using products that are too harsh.