Many with darker skin tones believe that sunscreen is not necessary due to the lack of a sun burn. It is true that the pigmentation in darker skin acts as a natural sunscreen from Ultra-violet rays. A study found that darker skin has a natural SPF of 13 meaning that an individual can be in the sun 3-4% longer without significant damage than someone of fair skin. However, over time the damage to one’s skin can still be evident in the form of wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer. Black Men’s skincare should still include sunscreen to protect the skin from the sun’s damaging rays.
A recent study found that 80% of wrinkles and damage to the skin were a result of sun exposure. The study also notes that only 2% amount of damage to the skin is needed to make ones age appear 3 years older. This visible aging should be a main reason in not bypassing sunscreen as apart of your daily regimen.
Those with darker skin will agree that they scar and develop dark spots due to any cut or blemish. However, this can easily be avoided with the use of sunscreen. When exposed to the sun, these marks and abrasions can worsen and become difficult to heal. With the protection of sunscreen, scarring can be reduced.
Even though you may not see immediate damage from the sun in the form of redness or pain, the lasting effects will still be noticeable for black men’s skincare in future years. Skin cancer is the biggest threat of persistent abstinence of sunscreen. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and it is most commonly found in dark skin tones. This is because of the misconception about darker skin in the sun. By the time these individuals seek knowledge about their skin, they have already let skin cancer spread unknowingly. Although darker pigmentation offers some protection, cancer from UV rays can still start in the palms, hands, feet and other lighter skin areas.
These three reasons alone can significantly account for a shorter life span and quicker signs of aging. Sunscreen is as important for black men and their skincare routines as any other individual. Always remember to use a sunscreen with at least a SPF of 15!