Two people from the same race, from the same country, even from the same city can have very different skin.
It’s all down to genetics, like the kind of skin your parents had, as well as environmental factors such as whether your family smokes or if you used really harsh products on your skin as a teen. In fact, the list of reasons your skin could be different from even your own cousin’s could be endless!
So this makes us wonder, are there really general differences between the skin of people from different racial backgrounds?
Well, there aren’t huge differences, but on the whole, there are some skin issues that affect men and women with Asian skin more than men and women with other skin types.
For example, men and women with white skin tend to have less oil, but get more wrinkles over time more quickly. They need to be more careful around the sun and their skin absorbs products quicker whilst Asian skin is prone to reacting differently.
Let’s take a look at some interesting skincare facts for Asian skin – but remember, these are all general guidelines, your skin could still react quite differently to different products.
1. Age-related skin concerns aren’t as obvious on Asian skin.
Good news for those concerned about wrinkles! Asian skin tends to have a thicker dermal layer, which means there are higher concentrations of collagen.
This suggests that Asian skin tends to age well, wrinkles and fine lines are less pronounced and they tend to appear much later than they would on Caucasian skin.
2. Asian skin can be prone to oil and acne.
Although those with Asian skin can be less concerned about wrinkles as they age, their skin can often be more problematic throughout their teens and their twenties – meaning skincare and spot treatment can be tricky.
This is because Asian skin has more sebaceous glands and a thinner outer layer of skin – called the epidermis. This excess sebum means the skin is likely to be a lot oilier and more sensitive – with many people choosing to double cleanse as part of their daily skincare routine.
Some people can have oily skin and not experience acne, but many will notice they’re prone to oil, as well as acne, inflammation and irritation. This is because sebum gets stuck in pores, mixes with bacteria and becomes a breeding ground for spots and blemishes.
3. Hyperpigmentation and discolouration often looks obvious on Asian skin.
Asian skin that has experienced some kind of trauma, like acne scarring or insect bites through to cosmetic procedures and surgery, is likely to scar and show hyperpigmentation and discolouration for longer than other kinds of skin.
This is especially the case if an Asian man or woman has tried a skin lightening product, as the skin can sometimes look patchy and lead to even more hyperpigmentation.
4. Topical products often don’t work as well on Asian skin.
Although there are a number of topical products designed for Asian skin, because it tends to have a more compact epidermis (that’s the top layer of skin), this reduces the absorption of many skincare products when they’re applied directly to the skin. It can make hydrating the skin difficult, even when using water-based cleansers and moisturisers.
This is a concern for those with acne-prone skin. If you have acne but know that your skin won’t react well to creams, then what’s the answer?
At Works With Water, our natural skin care products are developed to be effective for all kinds of skin.
Our soluble skin supplement PRAVENAC help: clear skin® is particularly helpful for Asian skin because it isn’t topical. It’s taken as an oral supplement to provide skin with natural nourishment from the inside out.
But it isn’t just about combatting spots, but reducing the redness and irritation that many Asian men and women experience. Especially after acne, surgery scarring or discolouration from skin lightening products.
PRAVENAC help: clear skin® contains Lactoferrin which reduces the bacteria found on the skin which can cause acne, and also has a natural skin lightening effect. Aloe Vera which has a smoothing and nourishing effect on the skin, and Zinc Gluconate, is known to help repair damaged tissues and support the immune system.