Although skin is fundamentally the same whatever its color, there are a few differences that determine how best to look after it.
Dryness and sensitivity tend to be the biggest skincare issues experienced by men with a fairer complexion, which leaves them vulnerable to premature ageing and sun damage. If your skin is sensitive as well, try a product like Dermalogica’s Super Sensitive Shield, which is formulated for the easily irritated.
Darker skin is sometimes – though not always – a little oilier than paler skin, so if you’re noticing shiny patches, especially around the nose, chin and forehead, an oil-busting moisturiser like Men-U Matt Moisturiser or Murad’s Oil-Control Mattifier is worth slathering on.
Not only is dark skin prone to hyperpigmentation, but it’s also susceptible to ingrown hairs and can look grey and ashy if not sufficiently moisturised. So prevent ingrown hair by exfoliating skin regularly with a face scrub and opt for an electric shaver. Round off your shave by applying a product like Malin + Goetz’s Ingrown Hair Cream, which contains glycolic and salicylic acids to help dislodge dead cells and keep hair follicles fully functional.
If your face is dry, look for facial moisturisers containing hyaluronic acid, as this particular ingredient helps attract and bind moisture to the skin.
Although darker skin does have its own protection from the sun (in the shape of more melanin), it still needs protecting from the sun, so think about using a moisturiser with SPF and always protect skin with sun protection products if you’re sunbathing.
Try you best to avoid hyperpigmentation. Since acne scarring can cause pigmentation in darker skin, always treat spots immediately and be sure to see a doctor if acne is an ongoing concern.