Anti-Aging Treatment for Dark Skin

Anti-aging treatment for dark skin

Darker skin ages differently than lighter skin.  In general, wrinkles and fine lines develop later in life and as the famous saying goes “Black don’t crack”. However, the skin is more prone to pigmentation issues, specifically hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation.  Therefore, an effective anti-aging treatment for dark skin primarily needs to focus on helping the skin combat pigmentation concerns. 

“Black don’t crack”

According to a study conducted by the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, the source of the resilience of darker skin lies in the bones.  Black people are born with denser bones in their faces which don’t break down as quickly as Caucasian bones.  Specifically, the cheekbones and the bone between the eyes are especially strong.  As a result, “Black faces maintain structural support for a longer period of time” and the facial skin looks younger for longer.

Another major factor that makes darker skin age more gracefully is that it has more melanin in it. Melanin is the pigment that determines the color of our skin, hair and eyes.  The darker your skin tone is, the more melanin it has.  Melanin plays a major role in limiting skin aging caused by the sun’s UV rays.  It absorbs the light and prevents it from damaging other skin cells.  As a result, darker skin tones have fewer wrinkles, brown spots, and visible blood vessels.  

Lastly, very dark skin tends to be oiler, and the oil protects it from dryness and wrinkles.  According to dermatologist Seemal Desai, M.D., president of the Skin of Color Society, “African-American skin tends to have more sebum or oil content; some of that contains natural moisturizing factor so all of that can play a role into the look and aesthetics of the skin because it’s less likely to be dry” 

Dealing with unwanted pigmentation

There are two major types of unwanted pigmentation- hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation.   

Hyperpigmentation–  Hyperpigmentation occurs when the body produces too much melanin.  As a result, dark patches appear on the facial skin.  Even though dark skin is less sensitive to UV rays than fair skin, it is still susceptible to sun damage!  In dark skin, hyperpigmentation frequently results in dark spots forming on the cheeks and lower face.  The spots worsen over time and contribute to an uneven complexion.  Therefore, it is very important to wear sunscreen and shade your face from the sun.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation – A subcategory of hyperpigmentation is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).  In these cases, the skin is injured which causes it to become inflamed. The inflammation triggers the production of melanin, and the area of the injury becomes darker.  Unfortunately, the dark spots remain long after the injury has healed. Dark skin is more prone to PIH than lighter skin and therefore dark-skinned individuals need to be very careful when treating cuts, acne, eczema flare-up, rashes and the like. Also, people with dark skin tones need to be especially careful of PIH caused by laser treatments such as hair removal and skin tightening.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
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Hypopigmentation– Hypopigmentation is a skin condition in which patches of skin become lighter because of a deficiency in melanin.  Hypopigmentation varies from small, white marks on the skin to large patches that are noticeably lighter than the rest of the skin.  Dark skinned individuals are more prone to hypopigmentation than lighter skinned individuals.  Vitiligo is a common type of hypopigmentation.

Post-inflammatory hypopigmentation:  Post-inflammatory hypopigmentation occurs when the skin is inflamed due to trauma.  During the healing process the pigmented cells are damaged or destroyed.  There can be many causes- a pimple, cut or even a scrape.  

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The NowMi anti-aging treatment for dark skin

The NowMi treatment is an advanced skincare solution that slows down the signs of aging. The treatment performs 4 skin actions- exfoliation, nourishment, oxygenation and protection.  Best of all, the treatment can be performed at home and takes only 5 minutes!

During the NowMi treatment, the skin is nourished with vitamin C, E and Hyaluronic acid.  Vitamin C plays a key role in the functioning of melanin. It has been shown regulate the production of melanin in the skin and thus limit the formation of dark spots.  Furthermore, vitamin C is important in the synthesis of new collagen which enables the skin to rejuvenate and repair itself.  

Importantly, vitamin C and E have anti-inflammatory properties.  This means that when the skin is injured, they reduce inflammation and limit post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.  Vitamin E is also known for reducing the formation of scars.

Hyaluronic acid is incremental in hydrating the skin.  It is able to hold 1,000 times its weight in water and helps the skin look plump and supple.  In darker-skinned individuals, skin dryness often results in the skin looking ashy or gray and the Hyaluronic acid restores it to its natural complexion.

In order to ensure that all of the active ingredients optimally penetrate the skin, the skin is exfoliated, and its outermost layer is removed.  The exfoliation deeply cleanses the skin and gets rid of all dead skin cells, dirt and makeup.  Furthermore, the NowMi treatment uses sonic energy which significantly increases the effectiveness of the cleansing action and verifies that each pore is thoroughly cleansed.

Once the nutrients penetrate the skin, they are absorbed by the skin’s cells. To maximize the absorption process, the cells are oxygenated.   This is done by using a scientific principle called the Bohr effect.  The principle states that when the body is bombarded by an excess amount of carbon dioxide, it counters this by sending oxygen rich blood cells to the area.  Therefore, during the NowMi treatment, a chemical reaction is created on the skin’s surface which results in the formation of millions of micro carbon dioxide bubbles.  The body then sends in oxygenated cells to negate this effect.  The process is completely natural and painless.   

One of the most important benefits of the NowMi anti-aging treatment for dark skin is protection.  By infusing the skin with vitamin C and E, the skin can protect itself from damage caused by the sun and other extrinsic factors such as pollution and smoke.  Vitamin C and E are powerful antioxidants which help the skin fight free radicals.  Free radicals are unstable atoms that cause cell damage and death and are the primary cause of premature skin aging.

The NowMi Pro weekly treatment kit
The NowMi Pro kit


Dark skin is more prone to hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation which age the skin.  By infusing the skin with vitamin C, E and Hyaluronic acid it can better manage the production of melanin and repair damage caused by it.  With the NowMi treatment you can slow down the signs of aging and enjoy even-textured skin that has a youthful and natural glow.

Oxygen Facials for Darker Skin Tones

the NowMi treatment oxygenates the skin from within
Oxygen facial

Oxygen facials are an excellent way of infusing your skin with revitalizing vitamins and minerals that help it look and feel its very best.  They are especially helpful for individuals with darker skin tones that suffer from skin conditions such as uneven pigmentation, acne and Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB).  The reason is that the oxygen facial dramatically improves the penetration and absorption of the active ingredients, therefore enhancing the clinical outcomes.

Skin conditions in darker skin tones

For the most part, skin conditions are color blind and are unaffected by a person’s skin type or tone.  However, there are some skin conditions that affect people with darker skin tones more frequently or with greater severity.

The reason has to do with melanin in the skin.  Melanin is the pigment in the skin that determines the skin’s color.  In the skin there are cells called melanocytes which produce melanosomes –  packets containing melanin.  Research has shown that all people, regardless of their skin tone, have approximately the same quantity of melanocytes in their skin.  However, the difference is in the size and distribution of melanosomes- the larger and more dense they are, darker the skin will be.  As a result, individuals with darker skin tones are more prone to skin conditions relating to pigmentation.

1.  Pigmentation issues in darker skin tones: When the body produces too much pigment, known as hyperpigmentation, dark spots are formed on the skin. One type of hyperpigmentation is called post-inflammatory and it can be caused by a skin injury such as a cut, a scrape or a burn. Individuals with dark skin are more prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Dark spots on the skin resulting from hyperpigmentation.
Dark spots on the skin resulting from hyperpigmentation

Oppositely, in situations where color is lost from the pigment, known hypopigmentation, white patches form.  All individuals with dark skin more susceptible to both of these skin conditions. 

White spots on skin resulting from hypopigmentation.
White spots on skin resulting from hypopigmentation.

2.  Eczema in darker skin tones:

Eczema is a skin condition characterized by a red rash that slowly develops and stays on the skin for a long time. Medically known as dermatitis, it can be caused by a wide variety of reasons such as allergies, skin irritation, dry skin, changes in temperature, stress and more. It can also develop as a result of an inherited tendency and is then called atopic dermatitis.

Research in the United States has shown that eczema is more likely to affect African American children than those from other racial backgrounds.  

Dark skin with eczema

3. Acne in darker skin tones:

Acne is the most common type of skin condition and approximately 85% of individuals between the ages of 12-24 experience some form of acne.  Acne develops as a result of overproduction of oil in skin, which mixes with the bacteria in the pores.  As a result, the pores are blocked, the skin becomes inflamed, and bumps/cysts form on the skin’s surface.  In dark skinned people, active acne can lead to hyperpigmentation and an uneven skin tone.

Active acne

4. Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB) in darker skin tones

Pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB), refers to a skin condition characterized by bumps under the surface of the skin caused by shaving. PFB stems from ingrown hairs and it affects Black and Hispanic people because of the unique shape of the hair follicle. If pressure is applied to the bumps, they can become inflated or infected. PFB can result scars, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), and keloid formation.

PFB in darker skin

Oxygen Facials for Darker Skin Tones

Oxygen facials have established themselves as effective beauty treatments that rejuvenates the skin and gives it a glowing and youthful look.  During treatment, a pressurized stream of highly-concentrated oxygen molecules is applied onto the epidermis- the outermost layer of the skin.  The oxygen boosts the amount of oxygen in the skin which improves its circulation and ability to regenerate.  During the treatment, serums containing skin rejuvenating vitamins and minerals are also infused into the skin and the oxygen facilitates enhanced absorption and efficacy of the serums.   Following treatment, the skin often feels more hydrated and radiant.

Skin Oxygenation with the NowMi Treatment

The NowMi treatment takes a novel approach to skin oxygenation.  Rather than applying oxygen externally, it stimulates the body to produce oxygen from “within the body” in the treatment area.   The oxygenation uses a scientific principal called the “Bohr Effect” which states that when there is a high concentration of C02 in the body, it responds by sending 02 rich blood to the area.  During the NowMi treatment, a C02 rich environment is formed on the skin’s surface as a result of a chemical reaction between the effervescent tablet and the nourishing gel.  The body then oxygenates the area from within.

The NowMi Pro treatment oxygenates the skin from within
NowMi PRO using the Bohr Effect for skin oxygenation

During the NowMi treatment, the skin is infused with pure vitamin C, vitamin E and Hyaluronic acid. Vitamin C is known for its anti-pigmentary attributes.  Here is the technical definition from the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology:  “Vitamin C also plays a role as an antipigmentation agent. It interacts with copper ions at tyrosinase-active sites and inhibits the action of the enzyme tyrosinase—the main enzyme responsible for the conversion of tyrosine into melanin—thereby decreasing melanin formation. A clinical study examining the effect of a topical formulation containing 25-percent vitamin C and a chemical penetration enhancer reported a significant decrease in pigmentation caused by melasma after 16 weeks”. In more layman’s terms, the vitamin C helps curb the production of melanin and also prevents its from reaching the skin’s surface.  As a result it reduces hyperpigmentation.

Vitamin E is also a powerful antioxidant that helps minimize skin discoloration.  It helps to minimize and protect against sun damage, liver spots and acne scars.  It has also been shown to lighten dark patches and even out the skin’s tone.

In addition to the oxygenation effect, the NowMi Pro treatment uses sonic energy.  The NowMi Pro device emits 6,000 sonic pulsations per minute which increases the efficiency of the oxygenation effect and also helps the nutrients to penetrate deep into the skin, optimizing the cell’s abortion of the active ingredients.

For more information on how the NowMi Pro treatment is used on darker skin tones, please watch the vlog created by blogger Sweet Angel


Dark skin tones are more sensitive to skin conditions involving the overproduction or underproduction of pigment.  Oxygen facials can help darker skin tones by infusing the skin with nourishing vitamins and minerals that protect against hyperpigmentation.  The NowMi treatment uses a novel technology to oxygenate the skin from within and infuses the skin with vitamin C and E which have anti-pigmentary qualities.