According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about one-third of the population has skin of color. While of course there is no unifying trait that applies to all Latina/Hispanic skin, (which can range from ivory to dark olive to deep brown), in general, it does call for some special care and attention. So how can you achieve lovely Latina skin?
Often, Latina/Hispanic skin has an elevated level of the pigment called melanin. When melanin is overactive, it can cause dark spots or hyperpigmentation in the form of melasma, freckles and splotches. Using a sunscreen regularly helps to alleviate the causes of hyperpigmentation, and prevents discoloration from worsening and new spots from appearing. Though not as common, vitiligo — a condition in which the skin loses melanin ― is seen in Latina/Hispanic people from countries close to the equator, such as Venezuela and Ecuador.
Many Latina/Hispanic women have oily or combination skin. A simple cleanse and tone ritual goes a long way to giving you healthy skin. Using a gentle, mild, non-irritable cleanser during the A.M. and P.M. with perhaps an afternoon wash, works wonders for oily skin. Follow up with a non-abrasive, non-alcoholic toner. Being gentle is the key here – we don’t want skin melanocytes to work against the skin by using harsh cleansers, toners and techniques.
Also, lovely Latina/Hispanic skin tends to produce high amounts of sebum, which can lead to enlarged pores and breakouts. If you suffer from acne, don’t pick at it. This leads to scarring and keloids. Instead, wash your face gently, exfoliate and moisturize daily. Use cleansers and moisturizers made specifically for your needs to ensure your skin retains its moisture and oil balance.
To learn more about Latina/Hispanic skin care call, Aguirre Specialty Care in Denver at 303.322.0500.