Many people get an occasional zit here and there, but dealing with constant acne can be extremely frustrating, especially for people of color. In addition to suffering from blackheads, razor bumps, and pimples, people with brown skin share common skincare concerns such as acne-related dark marks due to hyperpigmentation. Those with skin of color are also commonly subjected to an uneven skin tone and overactive sebaceous glands.
To make matters worse, finding an acne treatment designed for melanin-rich skin can be a challenge since many products contain ingredients that are harmful to those with darker complexions. Benzoyl peroxide, for example, can cause irritation, while salicylic acid can cause skin to become too dry and, subsequently, create more oil.
Fortunately, there are several skincare products designed for people of color and by people color that address the unique challenges darker-skinned folks face. Here are five black-owned beauty lines that treat acne for black and brown people.
SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap Facial Regimen
Founded in Harlem in 1991, Shea Moisture is a top-selling personal care company for millions of black consumers that focuses on shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. In addition, the company makes black soap-based acne products that gently exfoliate, cleanse, and moisturize skin while helping to control breakouts. Made with natural and organic ingredients, SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap Facial Regimen helps absorb excess oil and detoxify skin, leaving skin refreshed and clearer looking.
“Formulations include African Black Soap, a natural remedy for blemishes, troubled skin and Tamarind Extract, a natural astringent which helps exfoliate and brighten skin. Tea Tree Oil promotes healing with naturally antiseptic properties,” states the website.
The kit includes:
- Acne Prone Face & Body Bar
- Problem Skin Facial Wash & Scrub
- Problem Skin Moisturizer
- Problem Skin Facial Mask
Foxie Bombs’ Roses Are Red
The Roses Are Red facial mask promises to balance, rejuvenate, and detox skin. Plus, it’s infused with rosewater, which has antibacterial properties that help prevent acne, and rose petals, which treat acne, shrink pores, and are full of vitamin C and antioxidants.
The vegan-friendly mask was handcrafted by Kayla Phillips, who founded Foxie Bombs Cosmetics in 2015. The beauty line also produces bath bombs, soaps, and other products for body, skin, and hair care.
The Afro Hair & Skin Co.’s FLOW
FLOW – Perfectly Balanced Facial Oil is a serum that combinesthe overproduction of oil, which is a known factor in the causes of acne, pimples, and breakouts. It is produced by The Afro Hair & Skin Co., an independent beauty and wellness business founded by Ibi Meier-Oruitemeka.
Leland Francis’ Luxe Face Oil
Luxe Face Oil by Leland Francis is a blend of 16 mostly organic lightweight and natural oils that hydrates the skin and helps fade stubborn dark spots. It also includes argan oil, an ancient remedy for acne and scars. Celebrity makeup artist Dillon Pena created Leland Francis as an alternative for people who wish to use effective and 100% natural skin products, rather than harsh chemicals.
Farsail’s The One
The One is a gentle, non-drying, antioxidant-rich cleanser that rapidly dissolves makeup and impurities. It is infused with eight organic plant extracts that combat inflammation, acne, uneven tone, oiliness, and enlarged pores. The mild cream cleanser is produced by Farsali, an international, cruelty-free cosmetic line created by Sal Ali.