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American Skin (2021)

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 106,000 new cases of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, will occur in 2021 as a result of overexposure to UV radiation from the sun. This is roughly 6,000 more estimated cases than in 2020.

American Skin (2021)


Though all people are equally at risk of eye damage and developing cataracts, some may be at greater risk of contracting skin cancer depending on the color of their skin, a history of blistering sunburns in early childhood, the presence of many moles, or a family history of skin cancer. Also, be aware that UV may be high throughout the year depending on factors such as location, elevation, and reflective surfaces. Reduce risk of skin cancer and eye damage by:

Welcome to American Skin Care! We are a skincare company offering a wide range of skincare services and massage therapy options. We offer our services in the greater Norfolk, Massachusetts area and strive to provide each of our clients with the very best.

If you reside in Florida and are curious about the ways in which our team of professionals can help your nourish your hair and skin, it is time to work with providers who have unique experience in ethnic skin and hair. Drs. Yasmin Mathlin and Julian Moore are dedicated to ensuring patients have access to the care they need for their skin and hair. These doctors are experts in understanding skin of color and the conditions and treatments often requested by patients with darker skin. Call (95) 961-1200 to book an appointment with our doctors at any one of our five convenient office locations. We are here to accept new and established patients in our facility.

"We should not shy from this new study looking at the genetics of skin color and its effects on vitamin D deficiency because being 'colorblind' is what has led to the widespread health disparities that we as a society are now trying to address," said Rick Kittles, Ph.D., director of the Division of Health Equities at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Researchers in the City of Hope-led data study, published Feb. 18 in PLOS Genetics, conducted a genome-wide association study using the data of 1,076 African Americans to analyze the genetics of skin pigmentation in this group, replicate results and test if the identified genetic variants are linked to vitamin D deficiency in African Americans.

This was the first genome-wide association study of skin pigmentation in African Americans, Kittles said. Study participants self-identified as African American. Blood samples for DNA analysis and vitamin D levels were collected at recruitment, and scientists measured the sun-protected area of the skin in the inner upper arm of participants using a digital reflectometer.

Although skin pigmentation was measured in an area of the body unexposed to the sun, various factors such as aging, outdoor activities and consistent UV exposure over the years may influence skin pigmentation and the association between skin pigmentation and vitamin D levels. Understandably, researchers found that skin pigmentation gene variants, rather than skin pigmentation, measured using a reflectometer were associated with serum vitamin D levels.

Scientists found three regions (SLC24A5, SLC45A2 and OCA2) in the genes of African Americans with strong links to skin color and severe vitamin D deficiency. The genetic variant rs2675345, which is near a region in the gene called SLC24A5, showed the strongest association with skin pigmentation and vitamin D deficiency.

Studies have shown that individuals with darker skin pigmentation require longer or more intense ultraviolet radiation exposure to synthesize sufficient levels of vitamin D. In other words, if you have darker skin, you tend to make less vitamin D in the sun than people with lighter skin.

Kittles and his colleagues are exploring how they can one day leverage their newly identified risk score in doctors' offices -- potentially creating a precision medicine tool. For example, depending on skin tone, occupation and lifestyle, doctors can better prescribe the correct dose of vitamin D supplementation.

"This study is an example of the interplay of race and skin color on health and how if we ignore things such as the color of a person's skin, we may be ignoring potential medical issues, thus contributing to health care disparities," Kittles said. "Our study provides new knowledge about an easily modifiable factor such as vitamin D supplementation and inherited genetic factors affecting vitamin D deficiency in African Americans. With more research, in the future doctors could offer patients of color with an inexpensive way to reduce their risk of vitamin deficiency, which ultimately could help protect against certain cancers."

Unlike foundations, these base products bridge the gap between skin-care and makeup. They are known for being "lightweight" and having "minimal coverage but [still looking] like skin," according to makeup artist Lavonne. The barely-there feel and added benefits from skin-loving ingredients give you gorgeous skin without too much work.

Now it's time to get to shopping. We asked a few makeup artists and our own editors to share their favorite tinted moisturizers for dark skin, and we promise there's something for you, no matter what your budget is.

Nyx Professional Makeup's Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil is bringing the heat for those melanin-rich folks looking for something more affordable. The buildable cream formula spreads like butter on the skin before setting into a smooth, natural finish.

Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 is jam-packed with skin-care ingredients like squalane, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide, which help brighten and hydrate skin. This buildable tinted serum looks glorious after it's blended out, leaving a beautiful satin finish.

The Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation puts the dew in dewy. The luminous liquid formula is infused with six different oils (avocado, jojoba, green tea seed, meadowfoam, red raspberry, and rosehip), which offer hydration and a gorgeous glow to the skin. No wonder Amos, fellow makeup artist Lavonne, and our very own content director Jessica Cruel love this tinted moisturizer.

Lavonne recommends the TLB Just A Tint 3-in-1 Tinted Skin Conditioner for its oil-free, hyaluronic acid-infused formula and inclusive shade range. This glowy foundation also has Irish sea moss extract, rose water, and cucumber extract to add moisture to the skin.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Moisturizer isn't as dewy as a typical tinted moisturizer, according to New York-based makeup artist Brittany Whitfield. She calls the finish a "healthy satin" and loves how the product looks "like a gorgeous veil over the skin."

The Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 gets a recommendation from both Amos and Whitfield for a few reasons. It's infused with brightening vitamin C, blends into the skin with ease, and can be built to a medium coverage if desired. "It's held me down throughout my entire professional career," says Whitfield.

Thrive Causemetics's Buildable Blur CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 is formulated with vitamin C, flaxseed extract, and a special blurring technology to make the skin look like perfection. "Medium- or full-coverage foundations are my go-tos, but I really like this light one," Thorne shares. "I can customize it to whatever coverage I want, and it upgrades my skin with a radiant finish."

This tinted moisturizer from Sephora Collection is on the matte side but still gives your skin a healthy glow. The Matte Perfection Tinted Moisturizer's lightweight texture blends beautifully for a quick, no-fuss base.

In Whitfield's opinion, Dior's Backstage Face & Body Foundation is the "ultimate tinted moisturizer for all skin complexions" and that she never enters a set without them in her kit. It gives you that your-skin-but-better finish with a buildable formula that won't look or feel heavy. "Little tip: One drop of this into a fuller coverage foundation makes for a perfect glowy, long-lasting look," she says.

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Dr. Sharleen St. Surin-Lord is an ABMS board certified dermatologist. She is the founder and medical director of Visage Dermatology and Aesthetic Center in the D.C. metropolitan area and an assistant professor of dermatology at Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. St. Surin-Lord is also a principal investigator, conducting clinical research trials in dermatology. She specializes in hair loss, hair growth, and skin of color.

Dark skin produces larger melanocytes, which are skin cells that makes the pigment melanin. Having larger melanocytes and producing more melanin does offer some protection against skin cancer and sunburns. Despite this, people with more melanin should still use sunscreen.

However, this does not mean people with darker skin cannot get skin cancer. When they do get it, it often goes undiagnosed until it has reached a more advanced stage. Because advanced cancer is harder to treat, Black people are more likely to die from skin cancer.

Many dermatologists do not have experience in treating people with darker skin. Implicit bias during assessment and diagnosis can also play a role, so it is important that Black people know the signs of skin cancer. 041b061a72


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