Skin Deep

Avatar - Refinery29
Refinery29
·August 8

Melanin is said to make brown skin beautiful, but there's also a myth that it protects us from sun, aging, and skin cancer. And who would tell us otherwise? Only 3% of dermatologists are black and are rarely represented in studies or skin-care ads. It’s the reason skin cancers are misdiagnosed as skin tags, scars linger for years, and routine check-ups often come with a side of cultural shaming. So how do you know the right way to care for your skin? This guide is a start.

Skin Deep

Photo: s1.r29static.com

    Why Aren't There More Black Dermatologists?

    Why Aren't There More Black Dermatologists?

    Refinery29 - Jessica Cruel

    From misdiagnosis to mistreatment, Black women aren’t receiving the care they need — and the problem starts in medical school. When Danielle* walked into the clinic where Laura Scott, MD, was a resident, it was the fourth time she had tried and failed to diagnose the rash on her hairline. None of …

    5 Skin-Care Brands To Shop If You Want To Buy Black

    5 Skin-Care Brands To Shop If You Want To Buy Black

    Refinery29 - Raven Baker

    These entreprenuers are building brands tailored to the highly melanated. Black people are beyond resourceful. When we come upon a problem, a roadblock, or a flat out "no," we find another solution. That's exactly what the following entrepreneurs did when faced with a skin-care industry that doesn't …

    The Black Girl's Guide To Lasers

    The Black Girl's Guide To Lasers

    Refinery29 - aimee simeon

    Lasers, like the skin concerns they treat, are complicated. Historically, the light-emitting devices used to inhibit hair growth and zap dark spots have been seen as a no-go for Black women because of the rumored potential for burns and hyperpigmentation. But, despite their long-standing …

    “Black Don’t Crack” Is Stressing Me Out

    “Black Don’t Crack” Is Stressing Me Out

    Refinery29 - Patia Braithwaite

    The phrase is a point of pride in the Black community, but is it another way we're pressured to be perfect? I don’t remember the first time I heard the phrase “Black don’t crack,” but that’s probably because I learned other things about being Black first. After a particularly tense meeting with a …

    So Your Derm Prescribed You Hydroquinone. Now What?

    So Your Derm Prescribed You Hydroquinone. Now What?

    Refinery29 - aimee simeon

    Hydroquinone is considered the “gold standard” for treating hyperpigmentation, but its global reputation is rife with controversy. A few years ago, after trying countless over-the-counter spot correctors to no avail, I took my stubborn dark spots to a dermatologist. “I don’t know what to do about …