Asian Skin Care Guide

by Marisa Amorasak

asian skin care guide

Generally speaking, all skin types require the same bevy of steps for healthy and beautiful skin. Cleansing keeps bacteria from blossoming, exfoliation encourages a smooth complexion, and sunscreen blocks harmful ultraviolet rays. Within racial groups, there are a few common characteristics. These characteristics are worth pointing out because once they’ve been identified, it will be easier for people of Asian descent to treat them accordingly. Read on for an explanation of the skin maladies that tend to effect Asian skin, and how to treat them:

The Asian Skin Dynamic

It’s important to note that the term “Asian” refers to an expansive number of people, from Indians and Nepalese to Koreans and Japanese. Obviously, there’s large dynamic across the skin types of these people. Most studies that have been performed on “Asian skin” are performed on East Asian skin, like that of people from China or Taiwan.

What Makes Asian Skin Different?

Asian skin scars easily. Compared to the skin of our Caucasian friends, Asian skin has more melanin (pigment). Even Asians with relatively light skin have larger amounts of melanin. This means that any bit of irritation is more likely to leave a long lasting mark. You can take preventative measures against scarring by not picking at pimples, squeezing pores, or using harsh skincare products. But sometimes, the scarring can develop naturally as the skin tries to repair itself against ailments. Brightening skin serums, topical vitamin C, and lots of water intake can help heal minor existing scars. If your scars are not so easy to get ready, a treatment like an IPL Photofacial or a series of chemical peels is your best bet for serious results.

Asians are less likely to show signs of aging. Hooray! There are some definite perks to having Asian skin, and looking youthful longer is one of them. People with Asian skin tend to have a thicker dermis, which makes it less prone to wrinkling and sagging. Asian skin also has more collagen, one of the key ingredients in the fight against aging. Collagen injections are considered pretty routine in the cosmetic skincare world, as they can help treat wrinkles and enhance lips.

Asian skin is often more oily. Recent studies have shown that Asian skin has more sebaceous glands than other races, thus is more prone to oiliness. A common misstep by people with oily skin is to load up on harsh products that dry out the skin. Skin that’s too dry will actually compensate by producing more oil. First, make sure your skin is adequately hydrated. After that, you may be interested in a treatment like a microdermabrasion, which can normalize oil production and exfoliate the outer layers of the skin.

Asian skin is prone to sensitivity. While Asian skin may have a thicker dermis, the outermost layer of the skin (stratum corneum) is thinner than that of other races. This means that it’s more sensitive to harmful environments like fluctuating weather and pollutants. It’s also more likely to get irritated by harsh products. But even sensitive skin can benefit from gentle skincare treatments like laser-free eMatrix™ and injectable dermal fillers.

If you’d like to learn more about any of these skincare treatments, contact us today. We can book you a complimentary consultation with a leading skincare expert in your area. During your consultation, you’ll learn if you’re a candidate for the treatment, the expected results, and much more.

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