Asian Skin Care

If you are a person of this particular ethnicity, Asian skin care can be a bit tricky as your skin often has issues and needs that are unique to you. Knowing what these issues are and how to treat and to care for your skin can make a huge difference in the appearance and health of your skin.

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Common Asian Skin Care Concerns

While not all Asian women have skin of the same shade, women of oriental descent often deal with similar skin issues. Not all women will experience all of these issues, some may even experience a number of them in combination; however, it is important that you be able to recognize these issues, as that is the first step in treating them.

Dark Spots

Many Asian women will notice that they begin to develop dark spots and odd pigmentation as they age. These dark patches of skin develop because of regular exposure to direct sunlight. If you are looking to prevent these areas of pigmentation from developing, be sure to use an effective sunscreen during extended periods of contact with sunlight.

Issues with Acne

Due to the face that most Asian countries have warm weather climates, people with oriental ancestry tend to have skin that will naturally produce more secretions and oils. Asian women are also prone to having much larger pores than women of other races, making them more susceptible to developing moderate to severe acne caused by the excess oils that their skin produces. Using traditional cleansers and moisturizers can exacerbate this issue, so if you deal with this Asian skin care issue, try using regular, gentle exfoliation in combination with a specialized cleanser created for your skin type.


Unfortunately, many Asians often combat the issue of extreme skin sensitivity, which coupled with extreme climates and weather conditions develop profound problems.

  • During periods of hot temperatures, the skin may excrete too much oil, adding to the risk of acne

  • During dry winter months, many Asians will note that their skin often becomes tender, red, dry and sometimes flaky as a result of not producing enough oil.

Help combat sensitivity by remembering to wash daily with a mild cleanser that is designed specifically for fair or Asian skin. If you are experiencing oily skin, wash more than once per day. If you are experiencing dry skin, add a gentle moisturizing cleanser to your Asian skin care regimen.

Finding the Right Asian Skin Care Products

Descendents of Asian cultures often have to combat the fact that they cannot use many of the products that Caucasian women use because they are created for skin types with a certain pH balance. Due to the fact that Asian skin is different from Caucasian skin, using these types of products can actually cause additional havoc on the skin and will further irritate and advance the issue instead of helping to clear and heal the skin. It is important that you do your homework and select products that are going to be beneficial to your skin and help you meet your needs.

If you are looking to find specialized Asian skin products, you can easily find them through a number of methods.

  • The easiest of which is to visit with your dermatologist who can suggest a number of effective products to help you and may even have a few samples on hand to get you started.

  • As an alternative, you can also do some online research to see what other people in your situation recommend. If you are interested in finding products that are not readily available in brick and mortar stores, try finding a retailer online to have them sent directly to your home.

The first thing that people see when they look at you is your skin, so it is important to make sure that you are giving the world the best first impression that you can. If you are of Oriental heritage and dealing with Asian skin care issues, remember that selecting and using products that are designed for your specific skin type and condition will make all the difference in the appearance of your skin.

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