Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Black Skin and Sunscreen

Believe it or not, sun burn can occur in black skin of any complexion. This reality is especially likely when we travel to countries closer to the Equator where the sun is more intense. For this reason, it is important to pack the sunscreen! Even if you don't plan on traveling south of the continental United States, it is still a good idea to wear protection this summer. Oxidative stress caused by sun exposure can lead to premature aging of the skin, including early onset of wrinkles. "Black will eventually crack", and it will do so at a faster pace without UV protection. Shield that face this summer with a moisturizer containing a minimum SPF of 15 and broad-spectrum (UVA & UVB) protection. (Many dermatologists actually recommend a minimum of SPF 30.)  To repair any sun damage incurred during the day, be sure to apply a nightly moisturizer containing retinol. It is also imperative to eat foods (such as carrots, green tea, etc.) that are high in antioxidants, which combat oxidative stress.

*Though it is rare, black skin can develop skin cancer as well. This is yet another reason to wear protection in the form of sunscreen.

SOURCES:
ANTIOXIDANTS & OXIDATIVE STRESS
SKIN CANCER
SUN DAMAGE & AGING
BLACK SKIN & SKIN CANCER

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