Help For Troubled Black Skin!
Help For Troubled Black Skin!
Hi. Just been browsing the site for the last couple of minutes and already placed it onto my favorites.
I have a few skin issues I hope you will be able to help me with. I'm based in the UK and seems like there is not much info and help on black skin.
1. Oily skin and Acne - I have oily skin and I mainly break out just before that time of the month and its combined blackheads and whiteheads.
I have tried and tested many products from Simple, Proactive, Clean and Clear and currently using Dermatological Products for about 4-5 months after a consultation with a local beautician.
A few people have said its working but I still break out and even though the black marks have faded there are still visible and I have to rely on make up to feel confident when stepping outside the house.
I've noted that in your previous replies to other women you have recommended pure organic Shea butter and black African soap.
Which brands do you use because my local African-American beauty store has many brands but I want to use the right ones?
2. Smooth and Radiant Skin - If you can please recommend a regime and products to use for the rest of my body to make my skin silky smooth and radiant.
I already use Palmers cocoa butter but after using it for nearly 6 years still haven't achieved the desired results.
Don't even ask about the stretch marks. Palmers cocoa butter doesn't work!
Recently I have started mixing it with Vaseline cocoa butter body oil and although my skin is well moisturize it's still not smooth or radiant!
Please help before I become a human guinea pig of so many products on the market! hahaCamille's Answer:
Girl I can relate to you on so many levels it's not even funny.
Thanks for stumbling across my little neck of the woods here and I hope I can tell you something that leads you to a light bulb
Now on to your skin...Oily Skin And Acne
Does the line of products you use right now come with a mud mask?
I find that for people with oily skin and acne this is indispensable. A good clay mud mask used 3-4 times a week for an hour a night will work wonders to help draw impurities out of your skin and dry up some of the oil and pimples.
Queen Helene Mint Julep mask is a nice cheap product that works well for this purpose.
Try adding that to your existing regimen and see if it doesn't make a difference.Shea Butter And Black Soap
The Shea butter and black soap I use are the real deal. No nice packaging or "brand name". Just repackaged from bulk and sold by a distributor.
This is the real organic black soap and Shea butter. Ask at the black store if they have that and if not you can get them both very cheap through amazon.comSmooth And Radiant Skin
I nearly died laughing at your Cocoa Butter rant...lol
It's true though. It smells great and leaves skin really moisturized but doesn't do much for texture and radiance.
The best things for this?
1. Exfoliation - Just like your face your body needs to be exfoliated regularly to stay fresh looking.
Easy way yo do this is to take a bottle of coarse seas salt and add some oils to it (I use the Africa's best oil in the bottle).
After your shower use it to scrub down your skin, then rinse it away. Don't use soap again just rinse it off and you'll be left with smooth moisturized skin.
2. Change the way you eat/live - What does this mean?
This is THE best way to get your body skin looking healthy (your facial skin too).
Look into drinking a green smoothie or two a day also. This will really give your skin a healthy glow (and help you lose a few pounds too).