What is Brown Skin?
Brown skin is skin that has a naturally warm, glowing complexion and ranges in shade from tapioca to cinnamon to deep chocolate brown. Brown skin is skin that contains increased levels of the pigment, melanin as compared to other skin types. The amount of melanin among different women with brown skin can vary dramatically and depends greatly upon a woman’s heritage. Varying from light brown to medium brown to dark brown, consider JLo, Lucy Lui, Halle Berry, and Queen Latifa. Most women with brown skin have descended from Latin, African, South Asian, South Pacific and/or Native ancestry. These combinations can produce an endless array of skin tones but there are many special characteristics of brown skin that require specialized knowledge and skin care solutions.
The melanin in brown skin is made in cells known as melanocytes. These cells, which are contained in the upper layer of the skin, are very reactive in our skin. Melanocytes can and do produce more melanin when stimulated by a diverse array of factors including sunlight, inappropriate skin care products or cosmetics, irritating topical medications, certain oral medications and many medical conditions. Because of the reactive and unpredictable nature of melanin, women with brown skin are more likely to suffer from problems such as dark marks, blemishes and other skin discolorations such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma and vitiligo. Because we often take medication for conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, these medications can lead to skin discolorations. Brown skin also reacts differently and at times more severely to common conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff). Increased facial hair growth and the curvature of the hair follicles of some women with brown skin can lead to unsightly ingrown hairs and painful bumps. Finally, we are interested in the wide array of cosmetic procedures available to us such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser therapy, intense pulse light, Botox, Collagen, Restylane, Hylaform and Sculptra but we must be knowledgeable about the appropriateness of these treatments and procedures that in the right hands can improve our appearance but if done inappropriate can damage our brown skin.
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Also see: Diverse Brown Skin | Unique Brown Skin | Beautiful Brown Skin