Asian Skin Sensitivity
By A. Foley on 19 Dec 2010
The envy of most — Asian skin appears flawless. But most Asian women aren't born with an impeccable fair complexion. It takes meticulous work. "Asian skin looks fair, but is really quite dark and pigmented," says facial plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Wong. "It is very sensitive and needs to be dealt with differently than any other skin." Among the skin challenges many Asian women face are adverse reactions to products, longer healing times, deeper scarring and pigmentation disorders with long-term effects. This is because, in addition to its dark pigmentation, Asian skin is often thick and sebaceous, making it increasingly prone to the damage inflicted by sun, hormonal changes and acne. From hyperpigmentation to scarring, we've identified the Top 3 skin problems most common to Asian skin and the appropriate treatments.
Asian skin is extremely sensitive to sun, hormonal changes and harsh scrubs or peels. Any reactions, such as redness or bumps, generally take a long time to heal and can cause long-term pigment problems.
It's important to establish a beauty routine that involves quality products, dermatologic consultation, and sunscreen! "You can have pretty flawless skin if it's cared for properly," says Dr. Frances Jang, a Vancouver dermatologist. "There's a different recipe for everyone." Dr. Wong adds, "My approach to any kind of skin care is that there are three main principals: protection, hydration and exfoliation." He recommends using a daily lotion with a high SPF, drinking plenty of water, using moisturizer, exfoliating regularly and having occasional microdermabrasions or light chemical peels. For added protection from the elements, use vitamin C and E concentrates, advises Dr. Jang. "There is more and more science emerging about the benefits of these vitamins in protecting the skin from sun damage and aging."