How does eczema appear on black skin?

Comment se manifeste l’eczéma sur peau noire ?

Eczema is a skin disease that affects all skin colors. also called atopic dermatitis , it is manifested by the appearance of patches of inflammation often accompanied by small pimples called vesicles. But on black, mixed or matte skin, redness is less visible...

Symptoms of eczema on black and mixed skin

Typically, this skin condition is characterized by a red rash. However, these plaques are difficult to identify on pigmented skin. Anyway, the infected parts differ from the rest of the body by a dark brown, purple and ash gray appearance.

The black skin dermatologist begins the diagnosis by inspecting the appearance of an unaffected area. It then compares the color and texture with the part of the body that has active symptoms. People with dark skin color often suffer from eczema on the front of the arms and legs. But it is not uncommon for these plaques to form on the face and neck.

This skin health problem is easily recognized by:

  • Dry or even flaky skin;
  • Intense itching;
  • Lichenification or thickening of the skin;
  • Lesions or oozing on the plates due to scratching;
  • Small bumps on the arms or legs where eczema usually occurs in black skin;
  • Follicular enlargement or increasing bumps around the hair follicles.

When you suffer from atopic eczema, the infected part becomes squared and darker than the rest of the body. But it's not always the case ! Inflammation is more marked on black, matte or mixed skin. Consequently, the irritations and itching are more important leading to incessant scratching.

Which will either cause hyperpigmentation and the skin becomes darker or hypopigmentation and the skin becomes lighter. In either case, skin pigmentation can last for several months, even after eczema treatment. Nubiance's dermatology experts offer you personalized advice and recommend early treatment in order to reduce this pigmentary change in time.

Eczema is a skin disease that affects all skin colors. also called atopic dermatitis , it is manifested by the appearance of patches of inflammation often accompanied by small pimples called vesicles. But on black, mixed or matte skin, redness is less visible...

Why do black people suffer more from eczema?

Eczema can be more or less pronounced depending on the different types of skin color. It can affect Nubian skin like Caucasian skin. However, and contrary to popular belief, dark skin is more vulnerable to this skin inflammation.

Rich in melanin, black skin does not retain enough water and therefore tends to become dehydrated. Unfortunately, dry skin is breeding ground for eczema, especially if you live in a dry, cold climate. Atopic dermatitis on black skin is a natural reaction of the skin in response to skin dryness.

Most often, people of color suffer from hyperpigmentation since the inflammation stimulates the overproduction of melanin making the affected surface darker. In some cases, the skin reacts differently. To protect itself, it produces a surplus of sebum which will cause the appearance of acne.

Either way, there are effective treatments like cortisone-based cream and emollients to stop inflammation, restore the protective hydrolipidic film and deeply hydrate the skin.

Nubiance offers ranges of anti-blemish products to help you get rid of dark spots related to skin pigmentation. We also have anti-blemish products for black skin to fight acne.

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