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Skin Care for Black Men

Black men skin care routine

Skin care for black men can present a unique set of problems due to darker skin more easily showing uneven skin tones and also the sometimes dramatic irritation from shaving. A black men’s skin care routine coupled with shaving tips for black men will result in healthy skin.


The basis of any black man's skin care routine should be cleansing of the face. A majority of black men have an oily skin type, while some others have either dry/sensitive or combo type skin. It’s important to learn your skin type in order to buy a face wash for men that’s appropriate for your skin.

Cleanse your face in the morning and before you go to bed. If your skin is really oily, bring a travel size men's face wash to work and cleanse your face mid day to remove pools of oil. We strongly suggest a natural men's face wash as chemicals in most face washes will irritate your skin.


Unless your skin is prone to acne and dead skin cell build up, we generally recommend only using a face scrub prior to and after shaving. Using a men's exfoliating face scrub prior to shaving will help loosen the hair and bring any ingrown hairs above the surface – allowing for a cleaner shave. Post shave, scrubbing the area you shaved will prevent hairs for curling back into the skin – creating ingrown hair.

The best face scrub for black men will not only contain natural scrubbing particles, but also a bevy of moisturizers to help prevent any flaking post scrub.


The last step of a black men's skin care routine is to moisturize. Hydrating your skin daily will help keep an even skin tone and prevent ashy and flaky skin. Uneven skin tones and flaky skin occur when dry skin cells have become so dehydrated that they “flake” off your skin.

After you cleanse your skin, apply a natural face moisturizer for men all over your face (and head if you shave it). If you’ve shaven any part of your face, head or neck in the past three days, we recommend you substitute with a natural men’s aftershave, as the special anti septic ingredients of an aftershave will help prevent post shave inflammation, while also keeping your skin nourished. Avoid aftershave’s that contain menthol or alcohol as those are actually well known skin irritants – causing your skin to become inflamed and irritated.

The best skin care products for black men

The best skin care products for black men are natural skin care and grooming products. Since black men’s skin is much more sensitive to irritation, you’ll want to avoid harsh chemicals and toxins found in most brands. Inflammation is one of the biggest causes of skin irritation and the chemicals found in most men’s grooming care products are the biggest offenders, so go natural.

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