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Health & Beauty: Darker skin can require specific care

When it comes to skin care, people of color deal with many unique issues.

Due to genetic background, Latinos, African Americans, Pacific Islanders, and East Indians can have more natural protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation because of the increased amount of melanin (the substance that gives the skin pigment).

According to Andrew F. Alexis, MD MPH, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, the melanin can be more reactive to inflammation and injury, thus creating hyperpigmentation (blotching and dark spots).

A culprit causing the hyperpigmentation is ingrown hair. This hair produced by these ethnic groups is often curly due to curved follicles and can grow back into the skin after shaving, tweezing or picking at the area, thus creating inflammation and irritation.  The skin then reacts to the inflammation by over producing pigment.