… one-medication-treats-all formula. Seek professional help and check with a dermatologist — one that’s experienced in different ethnicities and skin types — before using chemicals on your face.
3. Get some protected sunshine.
Twenty to 30 minutes per day of healthy sun exposure can help heal acne, but that exposure should be protected to avoid increasing your risk of skin cancer. It’s a myth that African-Americans don’t need sunscreen because our skin is darker. Yes, the melanin in darker skin helps protect against the sun, but Black skin also needs sunscreen for extra protection.
4. Keep your pores open.
When buying products, think about your pores. Before you pick up that new moisturizer or foundation, read the labels to see if it’s non-comedogenic, which just means it won’t clog your pores. Check this list of comedogenic ingredients for help.
5. Check your hair products.
If you’re taking great care of your skin, but you’re still breaking out, examine the other beauty products in your bathroom. Some hair products, like pomade and hair oils, may be great for our hair, but not for our skin. So, if your breakouts are around the hairline, they may be to blame. Similarly, if breakouts are popping up on your cheeks or on certain sides of your face, it could be because the hair products left on your pillow. Washing your pillow cases more often and covering your hair at night may help.