10 tips to get rid of acne on black skin

acne on black skin

10 tips to get rid of acne on black skin

Did you know that acne affects about 80% of black and matte women ? It can occur even after adolescence. Acne on black skin causes another problem : dark spots. 

In fact, the slightest aggression of black skin leads to an overproduction of melanin responsible for the appearance of spots. This is called post-inflammatory pigmentation. These black spots are the main problem of people with dark skin after acne treatment. 

In order to have beautiful skin, it is essential to be careful in your beauty products choice and to have a good skin care routine. Although it can be frustrating, acne is completely treatable. 

What is acne ?

Acne is a skin condition characterized by blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and cystic lesions. It is localized on the areas richest in sebaceous glands : the face and neck, but also the chest, shoulders, back and upper arms.

Acne appears when pores become clogged with dead cells, causing an accumulation of sebum.

What causes acne ?

The main causes of acne are :

An overproduction of sebum : this phenomenon is generally observed at puberty. This excess of sebum clogs the pores, causing the inflammation often associated with acne.

Heredity : If one or both of your parents had acne, you may have acne yourself.

There are also factors that can trigger an acne breakout. You can do something about these triggers.

Beauty products : Hair products and some makeup can clog your pores. Opt for “oil-free”, “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic” products. These types of products are less likely to cause acne.

Sweating : Excessive sweating can make acne worse in some people.

Excessive Washing : Washing or exfoliating the skin too often or using strong cleansers can irritate the skin.

Medication : Some medications can cause acne breakouts.

The menstrual cycle : Some women experience an acne breakout a few days before their period, due to changes in hormone levels.

Diet : If you notice that certain foods increase your acne, try to avoid them.

How do you get rid of acne on black skin?

Here are our tips for getting rid of acne on black skin. 

1. Treat your acne as soon as possible

You must treat your acne as soon as it appears. Studies show that treating acne early prevents it from getting worse. If you let acne on your black skin get worse before you start treatment, it could cause dark spots. Use a skin care product suitable for black skin. We recommend Inoya’s anti-imperfection treatment or the targeted corrector.

2. Treat dark spots

After the treatment of acne pimples, you must then tackle the dark spots. We recommend Inoya correcting serum.

3. Avoid using comedogenic oils on acne-prone areas

Applied to the face, neck, back and chest, products containing comedogenic oils can clog pores and cause acne. Choose oil-free, non-comedogenic skin care products. They are less likely to clog pores.

4. Avoid crushing your pimples

 By crushing your pimples, you may aggravate the inflammation and cause scars and dark spots.

5. Do not touch your face after touching your hair

If the acne appears only on your forehead and temples, it could be due to the oil you use on your hair ! Be careful that products that are meant for your hair don’t get on your face.

6. Wash your accessories frequently

Regularly and carefully wash your scarves, hats and any other accessories that come into contact with the face or hair. This will remove accumulated sweat, dirt and oil.

7. Avoid using oil-based makeup to camouflage your black spots

Even if you find that they are effective in camouflaging your imperfections, be aware that oil-based makeup can also create new imperfections. Opt instead for mineral makeup or makeup marked as non-comedogenic.

8. Use skin care products that are gentle to your skin

Aggressive products may aggravate your acne pimples. 

Thoroughly cleanse your face and neck morning and evening with a gentle product suitable for sensitive skin. Use your fingers to gently apply the cleanser. Gently pat dry with a clean towel.

9. Use sunscreen 

Protect yourself when exposed to the sun to prevent dark spots from appearing or worsening. Ideally, opt for a sunscreen with SPF 50.

10. Consult a dermatologist specialized in dark skin

A dermatologist specialized in black skin can create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. He or she can also advise you on institute treatments for dark skin.


Acne affects women in adolescence as well as in adulthood. Treatments are available to help get rid of acne on black skin. 

In order for acne not to worsen or leave dark spots on your skin, you need to take care of it as soon as it appears.

You can also avoid certain factors that can trigger or aggravate acne. Read the labels on your beauty products carefully. Opt for products marked “oil-free”, “non-comedogenic” and above all, avoid lightening products. 

There are healthy, effective, non-lightening products specifically designed for dark skin. These products are respectful of your skin and meet its specific needs.

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