Skin Care for Black Men


Black men have a particular need for good skin care because of their naturally curly facial hair, potential for dry skin and problems with dark spots. These problems can be remedied with a few tips and tricks. Following this advice could lead to healthier, more attractive skin and an improved appearance.

Facial Hair

  • Address facial hair problems. According to, an article originally published in Ebony Magazine in 1990 states that black men have naturally curly facial hair, which presents a problem while shaving. The hair, having been cut at an angle, can curl in on itself and become embedded into the skin. This can result in ingrown hairs or facial bumps. Shaving over these bumps, of course, cuts the skin open and can result in infection. One possible solution is for the man to grow a beard. But for those who can't do this because of their jobs or other extenuating circumstances, lengthening the time between shaves is recommended. You can also relieve the pain by sterilizing a needle and carefully lifting the embedded hair away from the skin. Do not pull it out; this can cause further bumps as the follicle heals.

Dry Skin and Moisturizing

  • Moisturize to alleviate dry skin. Many black men have dry skin, especially in summer and winter. Moisturizing is a must during these seasons. Some men prefer baby oil; others like a lightly scented lotion. If you have dry patches on your elbows and knees, use a heavier lotion in those areas. According to the Men's Science website, some men have a dry, ashen skin color after showering or bathing. This could be caused by scrubbing too roughly, using overly hot water, or using soap that's too harsh. Look for products that are gentler to the skin, and turn down the heat in the shower. And remember, you don't have to use a washcloth to get clean. Your hands can do a good job by themselves.


  • Look for relief from dark spots, or hyperpigmentation. This can be caused by acne scarring, cuts or burns, according to the Men's Science website. A dermatologist can treat this condition by prescribing creams such as Retinol or vitamin C. The spots may take four to eight weeks to show improvement. If you get this treatment, be sure to protect your skin from the sun; your dark spots could reappear and/or you could get sunburn. Wear sunblock with a minimum of SPF 15.


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