You want a glowing, even, wrinkle-free complexion, but confusion about how to treat your specific skin tone most could be holding you back. Schweiger Dermatology Group has a range of dermatologists who can provide expert guidance for every skin type. Here, they bust five common Asian skincare myths. Ditch them and get gorgeous:
Myth: Darker skin types don’t need sunscreen
It’s true that melanin-rich skin adds extra UV protection, but you still must slather on SPF, which is the single most important anti-aging step in your arsenal. Apply a broad-spectrum SPF 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every two hours.
Myth: You can’t get dark spots
In reality, you might get more. With greater amounts of melanin in the skin, your skin is extra touchy. In response to injury—a bug bite, an acne scar—cells churn out more melanin, resulting in dark spots. Using a prescription hydroquinone cream will help fade discoloration. Lasers like Nd:Yag, RevLite, Infrared lights, and LED lights are effective when it comes to more stubborn spots.
Myth: Body hair has to stay
South Asian women have physically thicker skin, and thus, more hair follicles. To remove excess hair, derms suggest forgoing waxing (it may cause burns) in favor of threading or using the Nd:YAG laser for long-term smoothness. This laser has a cooling feature that improves safety on dark tones.
Myth: You can’t do anything about under eye circles
Eye creams with caffeine can help constrict blood vessels under the eyes and reduce shadows. But it can only do so much. eMatrix laser treatment is specially designed for darker skin tones to build collagen and decrease darkness.
Myth: Lasers are unsafe for darker skin types
Many women don’t want to use lasers for the fear of causing scarring or hyperpigmentation. Lasers like eMatrix can be used safely because it relies on bipolar radio frequency to stimulate collagen production while keeping the top layer of skin in tact.