A very popular expression used by most people is that “Black don’t crack”, but how true is this. As we grow older, we worry about how we look and how much gravity has taken its toll on our body but i just found out tonight on a random quest to understand why darker skin people are less likely to look their are than that of their fairer skin mates and i found the below article written in 2012 by Claudia Hammond for the bbc.

The Fitzpatrick Scale was devised in 1975 to classify the response of different skin types to ultraviolet light. It divides skin into six tones; from people of type I who have red hair and very fair skin which burns easily, through to type VI black skin, which rarely burns and can tan, but only a little.

The greater quantities of melanin give people with black skin some protection against both wrinkles and skin cancer. But that does not prevent you from getting skin cancer completely. Reggae legend Bob Marley famously died from the cancer, which eventually spread from a malignant melanoma on his big toe.

In people with skin types IV (Asian skin) through to VI, photoageing is delayed and many people notice very few lines on their faces before they reach their fifties or sixties. (Still, there is individual variation, and a minority will look in the mirror and see those tell-tale lines appearing at a younger age.)

However, it is not quite true to say that black skin never wrinkles. Photoageing does occur eventually and is faster in African Americans than in those of African or Afro-Caribbean descent.

But although photoageing is delayed, other signs of ageing skin are not. Black skin is more prone to age spots, to dark patches on the skin and to harmless brown growths known as seborrheic keratosis.

These same features show up in the very few studies that have been done with South Asians. Many East and South East Asians also find that their skin develops this bumpy texture as the years go by. Not only this, but while the wrinkles stay away, people with darker skins are more likely to find their chins sag, their cheeks hollow and pockets of fatty tissue develop under the eyes as they get older.

In fact, wherever you are on the Fitzpatrick Scale, looking at the list of ways in which the skin changes over time is probably something best avoided. The truth is none of us can escape the ravages of ageing. The daily use of sunscreen can delay photoageing and moisturisers can improve the skin’s appearance. Nevertheless our skin will eventually reveal our years.


Disclaimer : This article was submitted by a non-medically trained person and as sure should not be used in reference for diagnosing a medical condition. Please visit your doctor if you require any advise.

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