20 Products Black Skin Experts Use to Overcome Their Biggest Skincare Challenges


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Having melanin-rich skin myself, I've often wondered if the products I'm using are truly the right match for my tone, texture, and general skincare challenges. Truth be told, there's no shortage of amazing products out there that are effective and loved by many, but when I try them for myself, the results just don't quite come through.


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Many serumslotions, and other potions say they're designed for all skin types, and that may be true, there's just another layer to Black and Brown skin that sometimes gets overlooked. Melanin-rich tones are more susceptible to things like dark spots (relatable) and uneven tone. This just means we need a little extra TLC from time to time and, of course, the right skincare routine. That's why I decided to ask Black skin experts (they get it) for what they use to keep everything from acne to hyperpigmentation at bay. Read on below for the tried and true products they swear by that help them overcome their biggest skincare challenges.

1. SkinCeuticals Eye Balm

2. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Soothing Eczema Cream

3. Common Heir 10% Vitamin C Serum

4. Eminence Organics Stone Crop Cleansing Oil

5. Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Mask

6. Clean Circle Bamboo Charcoal Makeup Remover Pads

7. Pholk Beauty Aloe Lemon Balm Mist

8. Hyper Skin Brightening Dark Spot Vitamin C Serum

9. Obagi Medical Retinol 1.0

10. Black Girl Sunscreen Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion

11. Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

12. Anové Beauty AHA + Aloe Cleansing Gel

13. Anové Beauty Immortal Rose Hydrating Toner

14. The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Acne + Pore Cleanser

15. Differin Daily Deep Cleanser

16. Eadem Milk Marvel Dark Spot Serum

17. Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask

18. BeautyStat Universal C Eye Perfector

19. Epara Skincare Hydrating Mist

20. Hanahana Beauty Black + Brown Exfoliating Cleanser

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This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.