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10 Skincare Myths Black People Should Break From

Growing up as a young African girl, I have heard and been made to believe a lot of skincare facts, theories misconceptions, and myths. At some point, I have believed and practiced these theories and skin care myths.

Becoming cautious about my skin and general Health has afforded me the opportunity to make mistakes, learned, and unlearn as regards skincare 

Also, a lot of beliefs have been attributed to black skin for decades. Not every beauty advice is beneficial to you. Some of them are just untrue. While many of these skin care lies appear to be inconsequential, when specific skin care myths are believed to be true, they can be extremely detrimental. 

Particularly myths about the black skin, Many beliefs have been easily speculated due to some attributes of the black skin, for example, the darker skin tones are thick so not susceptible to skin cancer and other speculated misconceptions.

It  is time black people break from these myths

So beautiful people! Buckle up because we’re gonna separate the truth from the lies by practically debunking myths attributed to people of color

NOTE: I am not a dermatologist or skin care expert, I am just sharing what I have learned and unlearned throughout my years of practicing skincare and based on the view that you don’t need to be a dermatologist or skin care specialist to know that these are mere myths hence you should stop believing in them.

Skincare Myths People Of Color Should Debunk

Myth No 1: Body lotion or skincare products are not for nights

Not true!

One of the best times to apply your lotions and moisturizers is at night because your body loses moisture, meaning it’s still performing its function and your skin needs to be hydrated to achieve that glow.

I have realized that my body lotions and moisturizers work better at night, during this time, I’m not in the sun or stressed and I wake up looking better. It is also the time to use your hyperpigmentation creams if you really want to see the effect 

So create a nighttime routine for yourself.

Myth No 2: Only Organic Products Work For Black Skin

One of the most common skincare misconceptions I hear as regards black skin is that natural and organic products are safer. Over the years, a lot of local skincare brands have emerged in Africa, especially in Nigeria, formulated skin care products with different ingredients and for different purposes, and tagged them organic 

As the products sell in the market majority of black people feel they are organic and that is what works best for black skin. Meanwhile, when you compare the locally made products to others they have similar or the same ingredients 

The question is, “ what are really organic products “ 

“Are organic products best for people of color

Though there are great local skincare brands out there and great organic products too, when it comes to skincare, it’s not about your skin color or skin tone. It’s about what works for your skin type. Knowing your skin type and the products it accepts.

So, stop thinking that if a black woman has good-looking skin, she is using organic products and that is what you should use too. I have been asked a couple of times “ which organic are you using ?” Just because my skin was glowing 

Sometimes, these ingredients are the same whether tagged organic or not and other times, all you need to have a beautiful-looking skin maybe enough rest or enough water

So, that organic products are best for black skin is a misconception you should stop believing. just know what works for your skin irrespective of your skin color 

Myth No 3: Black Don’t Crack” 

We always boast that “ black don’t crack”. When we say this we mean black skin is excellent and immune to skin problems. This is false. Black skin is great but it is not immune to aging lines, spots or breakouts, it may just happen at a slower rate.

The fact that black skin contains more melanin is no excuse for failing to care for it or protect it from the sun and other forms of environmental damage such as pollution. Discoloration, in addition to lines and wrinkles the hallmark of aging.

Myth No 4: Shea Butter Is The Best Moisturizer For Black Skin” 

This is also a myth, shea butter is great for many uses but it doesn’t work for everyone. African shea butter can sometimes clog pores thereby preventing your skin from breathing and releasing toxins. Personally, Shea butter does not work well with my skin, when I use it on my hair it gives me dandruff and an itchy scalp.

In case you didn’t know this, if you use shear butter and go out in the sun, you’ll burn. Have you not heard people say “ oh Shea butter makes my skin darker?” Yeah, that’s what it does. Nonetheless, it is a great moisturizer

The saying that Shea butter is the best moisturizer for black skin is a common myth you should stop believing. Find the best moisturizer for your skin type. Drink water and have adequate rest.


This is false.

Just like any other product, chemical base sunscreen may not agree with your skin type. You may have a rash or white patches after using them. This is just a simple case of finding what sunscreen your skin accepts.

I have had recommendations about protection creams and other products that worked perfectly well on other people’s skin but didn’t work for my dark skin


This is one of the most common misconceptions. I grew up with this mindset that sunscreen is not necessary for my skin because I’m black 

That black skin never tans and, in any event, cannot be sunburned. Even if it is less vulnerable to radiation this is completely incorrect! All skin types are harmed by the impacts. The natural defense of black skin can be breached by overexposure. UV rays are thus to blame for a variety of skin problems, including hyperpigmentation, peeling, and even true sunburns. 

Exposure to the sun is harmful to every skin thus sunscreen is necessary for all skin colors. To protect yourself from these very real dangers, it is strongly advised that you use a sun care lotion that is tailored to the needs of dark skin.


This stems from the saying that black skin is”thicker”, so facial or body scrubbing should be more aggressive The goal would be to get rid of as many dead cells as possible. In truth, this is a gesture that should be avoided. 

Exfoliation that is too vigorous or too frequent will hurt the typically sensitive dark skin. The epidermis has a tendency to overreact to what it perceives as aggressiveness. As a result of the rubbing, the skin becomes dry, which can lead to excess secretion of sebum. 

A light scrub is performed twice or thrice a week depending on the nature and texture of the exfoliant, on the other hand, it has been shown to be advantageous. It promotes skin renewal by removing dead skin naturally and without the use of chemicals.


This is also a myth to break from. Irrespective of your skin type, moisturizers are needed for a number of reasons including, protecting your skin from environmental factors, for balance by preventing your skin from producing excess sebum, etc.

The majority of black women have a combination of oily skin on their faces. It is estimated that about 65% of them have oily skin. This is due to a number of factors: natural dehydration or dehydration caused by external aggressions: climate, stress, pollution, hard water, etc. The skin tissue then protects itself by producing excess sebum.

In essence majority of the breakouts or excess oil result from not moisturizing, leaving your skin dry then the skin tries to hydrate your skin by producing excess oil.

Hence you need to moisturize your skin with the right moisturizer.

Myth No 9: Shaving Or Waxing My Body’s Hair Makes It Grow Faster And Longer.

This myth has been debunked a long time ago sadly people still hold unto this.

The lingering of this myth may be from the fact that the first appearance of new hair aftershave is different. Shaving for black women may be hard to manage

It may have side effects such as irritation, cuts, ingrown hair, pimples, itchiness, the hair curves and curls, and even infection most times when not properly done. The best is to learn how to shave and wax properly. Shaving or waxing hair in any part of your body does not make the regrowth thicker or faster. 


Everyone, regardless of skin tone, can rock any color when it comes to clothes and makeup colors! Indeed, determining your undertone using chromaticity is all you need to know about the colors that help you look nice. This accessory is simple to use and is utilized by fashion and makeup artists. 

You may find out what type of person you are by taking a simple test. As a result, warm tones will emphasize certain aspects of you. Others, on the other hand, will notice that the frigid colors emphasize their beauty. The lucky ones will be given an entire palette of tones with which they can experiment with their style indefinitely.



  • Exfoliate 
  • Drink water
  • Exercise 
  • Make use of face serums
  • Moisturizers are useful
  • Practice skincare 
  • Do not sleep with makeup 
  • Protect your skin with SPF
  • Don’t Miss out on your sleep

People of color can have skin types, the important thing is to note while considering skincare products and routines is your skin type rather than how much melanin you have. It is essential to know your skin type, this way, you’d know what it accepts and what it doesn’t.




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