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Acne on Black Skin: Treatments, Tips


Acne is an extremely frequent dermatological condition given that it affects nearly 80% of adolescents. In 20% of cases, it presents in a moderate to severe form.  Known for occurring when approaching puberty, acne generally spontaneous heals around the age of 20 to 25. However, for black and dark skin, the onset of acne is delayed to the age of 16 to 17, and the duration is prolonged to the age  of around 25 to 30. Acne is therefore not a skin condition uniquely affecting adolescents. It’s prevalence in adults, estimated at around 40%, is increasing. You can also read our Beauty Tip on this subject.


What is Acne?

Acne is defined as a chronic disease linked to the inflammation of the pilosebaceous follicles. It’s development occurs in three stages:

  • Influenced by hormones, the stimulation of the sebaceous gland induces an overproduction of sebum (hyperseborrhea)
  • Owing to the abnormal proliferation of keratin, the excretory duct of the pilosebaceous follicle is obstructed. The sebum secretes in an amount which can no longer be released to the surface of the skin, which causes the formation of retentional lesions (open comedones or black heads, closed comedones or microcysts)
  • The bacteria Propionibacteria acnes proliferates within the retentional lesions. It’s microbial activity plays a key role in the formation of inflammatory lesions (large and painful red pimples or papules, white pustules or pimples, red nodules or pimples)


The lesions and pimples are localised in those zones which are richer in sebaceous glands, which are the face, the back, the neck or the chest.

Treat acne with a triple care system:

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