It’s no secret that dark skin is a common condition in Australia, and many Australians are aware of the dangers of wearing too much make-up.
But now, an Australian research group has found that dark-skinned Australians are more likely to have skin issues than their darker-skinned counterparts, such as oily skin and redheads.
“It is important to know that the dark skin may not be a sign of any health problem, but is a warning sign that someone needs to be assessed and possibly treated for a specific skin problem,” lead researcher Dr Jessica Panksepp from the University of Western Australia’s Department of Dermatology and Skin Care told ABC News.
“What we found was that those with dark skin also had more severe skin complaints, such that they were more likely than others to have more severe dermatological problems.”
The research found that the darker skin tended to be more common in the dark-skin boys.
“There are also more severe issues of dry skin, so it’s very important that people who have dark skin and are at risk of dry-skin problems know that they are more at risk than their peers,” Dr Pankseepp said.
She said that the research showed that people with dark-complexioned skin have higher levels of the redhead and oily skin pigment.
Dark skin is also more likely in the Australian-born children of Asian immigrants.
Dr Pocksepp and her colleagues said that it was important that those who had dark skin were aware of their skin’s vulnerability and that it should not be ignored.
“If you’re dark-faced, you’re less likely to develop skin issues, so if you are dark-headed, you can expect to have darker skin,” Dr Kym MacKinnon from the Dermatological Institute of Western Australian told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“You’re more likely, and I think you’re more at higher risk of developing dark skin than people with lighter skin.”
Dark skin causes problems with the skin’s outer layers, causing wrinkles and rough patches.
It can cause dry skin and itchy skin around the eyes, mouth and nose.
“That’s why there are different types of dry patches and skin problems that you can have in darker skin people, and there are other areas that dark people have that are very sensitive and there is the skin around their eyes, where you can get a rash,” Dr MacKimmons said.
In addition, dark skin can cause problems with blood vessels in the skin, causing dryness and flaking.
It’s also more common among women and it’s associated with a higher risk for premature aging.
But the research also found that there were many factors at play in dark skin, such how people perceived it, their families’ beliefs, and the culture in which they lived.
“People are sensitive to these types of things and are more sensitive to those aspects of their dark skin,” she said.
“We don’t know all the reasons, but it is important that you look into this and ask yourself, ‘Is this really what I need?'”