Smooth and clear skin is something that everyone aspires to have. Taking care of your skin is necessary, and it’s different and unique to everyone. But, there are specific steps and rules that men, especially our Black men, may not know to set them up on a journey to great skin.
Black men are more prone to specific skin issues such as Ingrown hairs, razor bumps, hyperpigmentation, acne,, and dry skin.
However, these issues may also be impacted by each man’s skin type, whether it’s oily skin (prone to excess sebum production and acne), dry skin(prone to feeling tight, peeling, or flaking), sensitive skin (prone to inflammation, itchiness, and reactions), combination skin (certain parts are dry, while others are oily) or normal skin (neither dry, oil, or sensitive),
So, what is the best skincare for black men?
- Wash – The most crucial step in your skincare routine is properly washing the face. It would be best if you passed morning and before bedtime to remove dirt buildup. Cream cleansers are great for sensitive and dry skin, while form washes are better for oily and normal skin.
- Exfoliate – Washing the face only touches the surface and is not always enough to remove dead skin blackheads. This is why exfoliating is an important step. Don’t exfoliate daily because excessive scrubbing can be too harsh on your skin. Exfoliating is great to do once a week or when your pores are feeling clogged. You can create a natural exfoliant by using coconut oil mixed with used coffee grounds or sugar. Other natural ingredients, like oatmeal,, also work well for the face. Thank me later.
- Tone – Toner is the holy grail because not only will it help you remove any last traces of dirt left on your face after washing, it will also minimize your pores. If you have sensitive skin, use a gentle toner but use a more pungent astringent on areas such as your nose that’s more prone to blackheads.
- Moisturize – The final step is just as important as the first. Keeping your face moisturized is a must to have smooth skin. Keeping your skin moisturized is essential to help keep your skin youthful and firm. Buttah Skin has great moisturizers tailored for Black leather and suited for all skin types. Pro Tip: Use a different moisturizer that’s specifically formulated for the eyes. Regular moisturizer can irritate it because the skin around your eyes is more sensitive and thinner than the rest of your face.
Ingrown Hairs – Men battle greatly with ingrown hairs because of their facial hair growth patterns. When the hair is cut bluntly from shaving, it expands to have that sharp edge as the hair grows back. In addition to your curl pattern, that sharp edge will make that hair curl back into the skin, causing hair to grow inward. Bacteria then form, causing a bump on the skin. An ingrown hair often gets mistaken for a simple, but try not to pick at it as that only irritates the skin, leading to hyperpigmentation.
Having a proper shaving method can help stop ingrown hairs, but having curly hair means you have to take more steps to deal with the annoyance of ingrown hairs. When bumps appear, use a warm washcloth and a gentle exfoliant and in a circular motion over the problem area. This will help open your pores and allow the ingrown hairs to come to the surface.
Pro Tip: use a product containing glycolic or salicylic acid. It kills bacteria and helps prevent ingrown hairs from becoming inflamed and painful.
When you choose the right products and be consistent with your routine, there’s no doubt you can put together a great regimen that keeps that Melanated skin healthy and happy.