Skin discoloration and dark spots on elbows and knees or any region of the skin is a common problem for African American skin care. Luckily, understanding the causes of skin discoloration can play an important role for prevention.
The main cause of discoloration on the skin is sun exposure. Your skin contains melanin, a factor that gives your skin its natural color. Not protecting your skin from the sun may cause an increase of uneven melanin production, resulting in small dark spots on the skin.
Another factor that may contribute to uneven skin tone is friction. By constantly putting pressure on your elbows and knees, you are making your skin more susceptible to roughness and dryness. Unfortunately, this leads to darkened areas on the skin.
Lastly, poor skin care can also result in skin discoloration. Dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin making your skin appear darker than usual.
Prevention of Uneven Skin Tone
Now that some of the causing factors are known, what can be done to prevent skin discoloration? First off, and this is something that should be done daily, using a good sun screen protector can help prevent skin discoloration. Anything with an SPF of 15 or higher does the job well. This prevents the formation of too much melanin and thus prevents the appearance of skin discoloration.
Another trick for preventing dark spots on your skin is through exfoliation. Exfoliating the skin removes dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin and therefore prevents any buildup from occurring. Using a brush, loofah, and any other product that may have exfoliating properties is beneficial.
Applying a good moisturizer to your skin after exfoliating can also do wonders. Moisturizing your skin reduces any roughness and dryness on your skin and so reduces the appearance of skin discoloration.
There are also many products out on the store shelves that can help speed up the process of reducing the appearance of uneven skin tones. When shopping for such products, make sure it touches on at least one of these prevention factors. Try products from Clear Essence’s Platinum or Anti-Aging Skin Care Lines. These black skin care products are formulated with a blend of ingredients including sun protection, to effectively treat hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and blemishes. With time, you will happily enjoy your natural, even skin tone.