Monday, October 31, 2016


Melanin is a natural element that gives color or pigment to the skin, hair and iris of the eye. Cells called melanocytes, position right below the outer surface of the skin, produce melanin, which is in a greater concentration of people with darker skin. Melanin’s main function is to protect the skin from sun damage, but it also has additional benefits that are appreciated mostly by people with darker skin.

Younger-Looking Skin
 African-Americans along with other people of color typically look a lot younger than their lighter-skinned and White people because  they have more melanin in their skin. The increased amount of melanin protects those who have it from short-term damage from the sun, as well as the long-term signs of aging, such as age spots, wrinkles, and rough texture.

Protective Function
Being exposed to the sun can have the potential to cause aging of the skin, and some various skin cancers. They range in their mild form basal cell carcinoma to melanoma, a more destructive cancer that spreads faster than milder skin cancers. Your capability to endure the potentially harming effects of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation rest on the quantity of melanin in your skin, which is determined by the amounts of melanocytes that are working actively beneath the surface of your skin, even in light-skinned people, the melanocytes respond to the sun's UV exposure by producing more melanin.  However, there is a limit to how much protection that melanin will provide and it’s much higher in people with naturally darker skin. 

Targets Free Radicals
Free radicals have been known to cause damage to human cells, it affects the delicately designed lipids that hold moisture in the stratum corneum (this is the outermost layer of the epidermis, skin). If the skin loses its moisture, it becomes rigid and cracks; melanin’s part is to scavenge the free radicals, preventing the skin from any damage. Sometimes melanin can be a bit too protective of our skin especially when it comes to problems beneath our skin.

Acne and Dark Skin
Acne is an overproduction of oil in the skin, the oil mixes with bacteria in the pores of all skin types and it’s tied to hyperpigmentation.  Hyperpigmentation is one of the biggest concerns for people with dark skin and it blocks the pore's openings causing inflammation just under the skin, which results in  anything from small bumps to large cysts. When you use a handmade soap that has coconut oil in it, it will cleanse the pores because it is a natural antibacterial agent.

Eczema and Dark Skin
Eczema is also known as dermatitis this skin condition is categorized by an itchy, rash that comes on gradually and lasts a long time and it can be activated by stress, extreme changes in the temperature, dry skin, and allergies, or irritants caused by some skin care or cosmetic ingredients with synthetic components.
When eczema is inherited, it is known as atopic dermatitis,
it is believed to occur twice as frequently in children with dark skin than with children of lighter skin. Often times eczema is misdiagnosed due to the overproduction of melanin producing hyperpigmentation which masks eczema.  
To treat eczema, it consists of detecting and avoiding products that irritate the skin, the use of a handmade moisturizing cream can help because it has sweet almond oil in it which contains vitamin E that moisturizes the skin, along with avoiding irritants. If eczema continues to persist, seek medical attention.

Melanoma and Dark Skin
Even though, dark-skinned people have a natural guard against skin cancer that doesn't mean it won’t occur it has shown up where the skin is lightest, such as the palms, soles of the feet, and around the nail bed.  They need to apply a handmade lotion especially to the lighter skin areas on your feet and palms so you need a handmade lotion that has avocado oil which contains vitamin E and is an antioxidant it will help keep you free from damaging rays.

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