Yesterday, I asked you ladies to share your take on having a light versus dark complexion. While I personally love both, did you know having one over the other has actual scientific pros and cons? Read on to see the summary from “Write Your Skin A Prescription For Change by Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields”.
Pros Of Having A Light Complexion
• More responsive to lightening treatments and laser hair removal.
• Not as prone to the development of hyperpigmentation following skin trauma, which can sometimes take months even years to fade.
Cons Of Having A Light Complexion
• Light skin is more prone to sunburn so all you PPPs out there, make sure you use sunblock with at least SPF 30 religiously!
• Facial redness, broken capillaries and other flaws tend to show more on lighter skin.
• Lighter skin has a thinner fat layer which can cause a more gaunt appearance with aging.
Pros Of Having A Medium/Dark Complexion
• Just as most of you have said, a darker skin tone does help to hide redness.
• People with darker skin have larger fat cushions underneath the skin, making them less prone to wrinkles and aging.
Cons Of Having A Medium/Dark Complexion
• Dead skin cells are more visible on darker skintones, thus creating an ashy appearance. My tip to correct this problem? Exfoliate regularly!
• Darker skin has a higher tendency to develop ingrown hairs and razor bumps, especially on those with curly hair. Again, exfoliation is the key here. A great way to prevent and get rid of ingrowns is the homemade TendSkin receipe that I swear by!
• Following trauma, darker skin is more prone to keloid-type scars and post-infammatory hyperpigmentation.
• The denser population of melanocytes in darker skin tend to produce a more uneven discoloration with sun exposure.