Many of my patients ask about skin care. At Yager Esthetics, we have the ySpa, a unique medi spa specializing in Hispanic skin. Below, I list the top ten tips I give to my latin patients.
1. Before you treat a mancha, you must treat the cause of the dark spot. If they are caused by acne, you must control the acne first so they won’t come back. Likewise if they are caused by a medicine or hormonal imbalance.
2. Even though your skin is darker, skin cancer can occur. Get regular checkups with your dermatologist who specializes in Hispanic skin and be smart and avoid excessive sun.
3. Sun block is essential every day, even if it is wintertime or it is cloudy. Make sure you use a daily product with SPF of at least 25, and reapply if you are outdoors.
4. Acne has many causes, and a skin care professional such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon is sometimes needed to find the right regimen. Antibiotics, creams, and light therapies, as well as some lasers and peels can be effective, but make sure the doctor is used to treating Latinas.
5. Rosacea, sometimes called adult acne, is less common in Hispanic skin, but it does occur. It is usually in sensitive skin, and a redness with bumps is present. Sometimes prolonged steroid cream use can produce this condition, so use care with these products.
6. Always clean your cell phone with alcohol before putting it against your skin, as it can lead to pimples and irritation in that area. You can alternatively use Bluetooth.
7. Latinas need much less retin-A then Caucasians. A green pea size is more than enough for your face if your doctor indicates.
8. Always use water based makeup! The oil based formulations can clog your pores and lead to pimples and dark spots.
9. Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water is essential to good skin health, as if your body is dehydrated, it keeps the water it has for essential functions and makes the skin even drier. This even makes cellulite worse.
10. Do not use your friends or families skin care products, especially if they are by prescription.
Even if it works for them, it may be harmful to your skin.
Hope you find these helpful!