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The causes and prevention of acne on dark to light skin

le 10/26/2020

Did you think that acne problems stop after puberty? Unfortunately, it is not the case. Pimples resurface during times of stress, hormonal imbalance, and poor lifestyle. Whether the acne breakout is occasional or severe, one thing is certain: we want to get it over with as soon as possible. Overview of the causes and prevention of acne on black, dark and mixed skin.

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Focus on acne on dark to dark skin

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Acne is a skin disease that affects both pubescent adolescents and some adults. Women are more exposed to this dermatological problem. Acne results from an excess production of sebum by the sebaceous glands. Overall, there are three types of acne:

  • White dots

The excess sebum clogs the pores. When the latter close, a small bump of pale color in the center appears on the affected area: these are the white dots.

  • Blackheads

When the clogged pores can no longer be closed, the keratinocytes (cells of the epidermis) oxidize, turn black in contact with air and form blackheads.

  • Inflammatory acne

It is characterized by three types of lesions, namely papules, pustules and nodules. Papules are red, painful pimples enclosed in an inflammatory halo on the skin. Advanced inflammation leads to the formation of a purulent yellowish fluid, resulting in pustules. If the infectious fluid is not evacuated, the microbes proliferate to the hypodermis and create the nodules.

  • Cystic acne

The presence of a cyst under the surface of the skin leads to a change in its external structure. Pimples are deeper, painful and can leave scars if there are complications.

Why does acne appear on black, dark or mixed skin?

Acne usually occurs when the hair duct is blocked with sebum, dead cells and dirt. Other factors are also involved, namely:

  • The inherited

Acne breakouts can be hereditary. If one of your relatives (near or far) has suffered from severe acne, it is possible that you have the same skin problem.

  • Stress

A period of intense stress or anxiety has consequences both on the mind and the physical: it is psychophysical stress. The pimples don't go away until your body is relaxed.

  • Hormones

Female hormones are disrupted during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. Taking certain birth control pills also triggers hormonal imbalance and promotes the appearance of pimples on the skin.

  • Cosmetics

The wrong cosmetic choice leaves visible scars on the skin. Too greasy and comedogenic makeup clogs pores. The same is true for cosmetic products unsuitable for black to matte skin or expired. If you forget to remove your makeup before sleeping, pimples will also occur.

  • The sun

Long exposure to the sun damages the skin. Besides sunburn, dry skin leads to an acne breakout.

  • Clothes

Wearing tight clothing irritates the skin and can create or inflame pimples on the back, shoulders, or chest. Wearing a helmet or dirty headbands causes dirt and sweat to build up on the skin, leading to clogging of the pores.


How to prevent the appearance of acne on the skin ?

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Fortunately, it is possible to prevent the appearance of acne pimples on the skin. Here are some effective beauty tips.

  • Adopt a skin care ritual

Although black skin is considered to be more resistant than others, it is not immune to dermatological problems. Therefore, it is essential to adopt a specific beauty routine to take care of it. Gently cleanse your face in the morning and evening, then moisturize your skin. Remove makeup before going to bed and use gentle cleansers for black skin. Once a week, make a clay mask to exfoliate the dead cells. Limit your exfoliation sessions to avoid irritating or damaging your skin.

  • Applying cleanly and correctly

The choice of makeup is essential. Be sure to use non-comedogenic, non-greasy and preferably oil-free products. Keep your makeup brushes clean after each use. In addition to the small treatments during your beauty routine, let your skin breathe for a few days while remaining natural.

  • Do not touch or pierce your buttons

Any gesture which consists in touching, playing, scratching or piercing the buttons is to be banned. In addition to promoting the proliferation of bacteria, you may see more unsightly pimples, scars and spots. If you plan to disinfect your comedones, simply apply essential oil (antibacterial or anti-inflammatory) on them using a cotton swab.

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Choosing the right products

To prevent acne breakouts, pay particular attention to the choice and use of your cosmetic products.

What to avoid

  • Use body soap for the face at the risk of drying it out
  • Apply cosmetic products containing silicone to the skin
  • Choose gels, foams or aftershave that contains alcohol (for men)

What has to be done

  • Prioritize anti-acne and blemish treatments suitable for black, matte and mixed skin (Act-5 by Nubiance);
  • Use micellar water to cleanse the skin (Micelliance 0%);
  • Separate body products from facial products;
  • Avoid any plastic-based product containing alcohol or parabens.


Taking care of your black, dark or mixed skin requires good beauty habits, including the use of appropriate care. Nubiance offers a selection of products to meet the specific needs of your skin, such as Act-5 which helps get rid of pimples. Do not hesitate to contact us for expert advice! .

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