The Case for Sunscreens
If I heard it once then I’ve heard it a thousand times, “Black people don’t need sunscreen, we are naturally protected from the sun (insert smug face here).” The reality is that V-VI types are less prone to UV damage thanks to the melanin in our skin. Less prone does not mean impossible- the threat is real but that is not what I’m here to tell you today. No, today I want to talk about hyperpigmentation, dark marks, dark spots, acne marks, uneven skin tone… whatever you prefer to call them. If you are spending any money on products to solve the issue and are not using a sunscreen every day then stop reading, grab all forms/sources of money (cash, credit cards, debit cards, etc.), open a window and toss it all to the wind. You are wasting time and money investing in products to treat dark spots and not protecting your investment.
This is not some convoluted mind game to trick you into wearing sunscreen every day. It’s simply an appeal to your more practical side. Here are the facts:
Hyperpigmentation is a case of too much melanin being produced in one area.
UV light activates the production of melanin.
Sun exposure is the number one trigger for hyperpigmentation.
Dark spots resulting from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (injury to the skin) and malasma (“pregnancy mask” hormonal cause for darkening) are made worse by UV exposure.
Reduce exposure and impact of UV on the skin to prevent new dark spots and help fade existing spots (when used as part of a treatment).
I didn’t make up this up. I’ll provide links below so you can do the research and come up with your own conclusions however, the evidence is there. Include sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) in your daily spot reducing regimen and watch them start to fade away.
We suggested a few of our favorites for V-VI skin types to get you started!