6 Products to Treat Common Asian Skin Issues
No skin is alike, especially given how different Asian complexions are from their Caucasian counterparts. Many products on the market are more suited to Caucasian skin, which makes it doubly important for us to figure out the specific demands of Asian skin and which products work for us.
This is an inside-outside situation. Asians tend to have more sebaceous glands, which are responsible for oil production. At the same time, the hot and humid climate in the region can cause these glands to overreact, leading to excess sebum production.
To minimise buildup and keep your skin hydrated, opt for a gentle, water-based cleanser that cleanses without irritating your skin. You should also be exfoliating regularly to remove any excess sebum that may be clogging your pores.
Acne scarring & hyperpigmentation
Unfortunately, our oily complexions can make us more susceptible to breakouts. We’re also more prone to hyperpigmentation because we naturally produce more of the pigment melanin. It’s great when it acts as a built-in SPF to prevent sun damage and premature ageing, but not so great as it makes us more liable to get freckles and age spots.
The good news is, there are many great products on the market that can help with scarring and hyperpigmentation, from brightening serums to at-home peels. Look out for products with vitamin C and the various AHAs and BHAs—glycolic, lactic, mandelic and the like. An important thing to remember is no matter what product you’re using to try to lighten these dark spots, it’s not going to work well if you’re not diligent about sun protection. So, make sure to load up on sunscreen when you head outdoors and even when you’re at home.
Compared to other ethnic groups, Asians tend to have a thinner stratum corneum, which is the outermost layer of skin. It’s essential for protecting underlying tissue and maintaining your physical appearance. A thinner stratum corneum makes it harder for your skin to recover from injuries and can also make you more vulnerable to environmental stressors, like UV rays and pollution. It’s also why we find that we’re more likely to have acne scars.
That’s why it’s important for urban dwellers to protect their skin from UV rays and pollution, which have made sensitised skin a growing condition. Opt for antioxidant-rich products to neutralise free radicals and protect the skin.