Asian skin type is quite different from those belonging to other ethnic groups. We are not talking just about the color; there are some other key points which must be unknown to you. In this article you will find some important facts about the Asian skin. Have a look at them as they can help you in taking better care of your skin.
1. Asian skin is more vulnerable to scars
It has been proven scientifically that Asian skin scars more easily, this happens because of the stratum corneum which is much thinner in case of Asian people. In other words, Asian skin is predisposed to scar more easily than others and you can’t do anything about it as it is genetic. The only thing that you can do is take greater care of your skin, especially when you are healing from some skin scarring or dealing with an acne. By proper care we mean that you are not supposed to squeeze the pimple on your face, instead of these ‘barbaric’ methods, opt for some different approach. For instance, gentle products like emu oil or cream containing vitamin E are very effective for healing the scars.
2. Asian skin readily loses moisture
The moisture that your body loses is measured in the terms of Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL) and studies have shown that the values of TEWL are highest in case of Asian skin, which means that in comparison to others, Asian skin loses moisture more easily. Studies have also shown that along with highest levels of TEWL, Asian skin also have increased levels of permeability. So, these facts imply that if you are an Asian, then skin hydration is much more important to you than others. Also, when you are selecting a moisturizer, look for one with high concentration of water binding ingredients.
3. Asian skin shows lesser sign of aging
Now, here we have something to cherish. You will be absolutely delighted by the fact that Asian skin is more resistant to aging in comparison to others. Although your skin may have a thinner stratum corneum, it does not imply that even the dermis needs to be thin. In fact, the dermis of the Asian skin is quite thick. Dermis contains collagen and thicker dermis means greater collagen. Hence, your skin will show fewer signs of pre-mature aging. Isn’t it great that you don’t have to spend that much on those expensive products which claims to hide your age?!
4. Asian skin is more sensitive
When compared to other ethnic groups, you will find that Asian skin is more prone to sensitivity. In other words, you will feel irritation much before your European or American friends. This sensitivity factor is increased because of the thin stratum corneum. That is why your skin becomes extremely sensitive to chemicals and other environmental factors as the pH balance of the skin disrupts much easily because of thin layer of stratum corneum. So, you need to be extra careful before opting for any particular skin treatment or products as your skin may not react well to harsh treatments. It will be much better to maintain a distance from peelings and other chemical solutions.
5. Asian skin are more prone to pigmentary disorders
The number of melanocytes is almost same in people belonging to different ethnic groups, however, the amount of melanin they produce definitely varies. You must be aware of the term melanin, it is a natural, dark colored skin pigment whose function is to protect the skin from the harmful effects UV rays. It is quite obvious that light skin people produce less melanin in comparison to dark skinned people. Studies have shown that Asians have three layers of melanin that is why they have more issues with pigmentary disorders such as hyperpigmentation, freckles and lentigines, melasma in comparison to other ethnic groups. For the very same reason, Asian cosmetis include skin lightening and brightening ingredients. However, you need to be careful while choosing any product which claims to correct some of these pigmentary disorders. Also, we suggest you to use sunscreen religiously.
6. Asian skin is more oily
The number of the sebaceous glands in Asian skin is much greater in comparison to its Caucasian counterpart. This implies that Asian skin gets oily easily because of this increased number of oil producing glands. The climatic conditions are largely responsible for this increase in sebaceous glands. This means that your skin will get clogged very easily. So, we will recommend you to exfoliate once or twice in a week. However, if you are thinkng of using harsh products, then we will suggest you to drop this idea as this will make the situation even worse because these products will strip away your natural skin lipids, thus making your skin oilier.