Skin is skin right? Well, not so fast.  Besides the color differences obvious to the naked eyes.  Black skin is melanin-rich skin and has thicker and more compact dermis than white skin, with the thickness being proportional to the degree of pigmentation. This difference contributes to the fact that black skin ages better than its lighter skin counterparts. 

However. darker melanin-rich skin is more at risk of hyperpigmentation from struggles with acne and irritation from shaving - including ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Nicks, cuts, scraps will all tend to cause scarring and pigmentation that will stay longer due to higher melanin levels. 

There’s a general lack of skincare knowledge amongst men across all ethnicities. The idea of focusing on personal beauty and making your skin look its best is often stigmatized as being too vain and not masculine.  

It’s 2024, that kind of thinking seems a little outdated. Men's skincare is part of wellness.  We’re taught to eat well, exercise, drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep in the name of health.  Let’s add men's skincare to that and normalize it as part of our total wellness regimen. 

Healthy skin care for black male routine will enhance your natural good looks, help minimize skin issues prone to melanin rich skin and help you look and feel more confident. Men's Skincare is important!

With a smart routine specifically designed to address your needs, you can enjoy a healthy, clear and even tone complexion all year round. Don’t worry - men's skincare doesn’t have to be complicated. Stick to a simplified black male skin care routine - as outlined below.

Choose the Best Face Wash for Men and Wash Your Face Twice Daily

Start with the basics - choose a men's facial cleanser based on your skin type; dry, oily, or combination. To clarify, there isn't a specific black men's facial cleanser. Skincare products should be selected based on skin type and conditions.

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urth’s Best Face Wash for Men is powered by botanical ingredients to cleanse and soothe skin. It is one of the best face wash for men to rinse away impurities leaving pores clear skin refreshed without drying out the skin. Perfect for all skin types - including men with sensitive, dry, combo, and oily skin. It's an essential must have for an elevated men's skincare routine.

A healthy skincare routine starts with the basics of washing your face 2x daily, morning and night with the best men's facial cleanser of your choosing.

Exfoliate with Best Men’s Face Scrub

Exfoliating with a men's face scrub helps prevent acne and removes buildup from dead skin cells. It scrubs the debris out of your pores for a brighter, clearer complexion with minimal oily shine. But less is more - you only need to exfoliate 2-3 times each week with an exfoliating face scrub for men. 

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Post-shave irritation for some Black men is a consistent cause of frustration. If you struggle with ingrown hairs, razor burn, and razor bumps, pre-shave exfoliation may be the game changer you’re looking for. Why?

Exfoliating with a face scrub for men helps improve your shave experience by loosening facial hair and bringing any ingrown hairs up above the surface. That means you get a closer, cleaner shave with less irritation.

urth’s best men’s face scrub improves skin tone, skin texture, reduce clogged pores, and blackheads on nose for a healthy and clear complex. The exfoliating face scrub for men with bentonite clay, rice powder and wheat germ is infused with green tea, ginseng, chamomile, and essential oils to nourish the skin. This men's face scrub delivers a deep cleanse to remove dead skin cells, reduce clogged pores and impurities, leaving your skin feeling refreshingly clean, smooth, and revitalized after every use. 

Best Men's Shave Cream

A luxurious enrich shave cream is essential for soothing shave. Choose an enriched & nourishing men’s🪒shave cream softens facial hair, lifts hair up and away from the skin and forms a protective cushion between your face and razor, allowing for a smooth close shave. urth’s best men’s shave cream can be used with or without a shave brush for an elevated shave ritual. Perfect for all skin types - including men with sensitive, dry, combo, and oily skin.

Aftershave with Salicylic Acid For Razor Bumps and Ingrown Hairs

Some men with tightly curled facial hair find that exfoliating with men’s face scrub the day after shaving also helps to minimize ingrown hairs. While this works for some, other guys experience irritation from scrubbing their freshly shaved skin. It all depends on your skin type, so if shaving is a major source of irritation you should read how to shave without irritation. 

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Soothing your skin immediately after shaving with a salicylic acid post shave - ingrown hairs serum is essential to minimize razor bumps and ingrown hairs for Black men. Avoid harsh aftershaves that contain alcohol - they will dry out your skin, leaving it irritated and itchy. urth’s plant powered aftershave with salicylic acid combats razor burns, ingrown hairs and razor bumps with lactic acid, glycolic acid, and salicylic acids. A potent ingrown hair serum and aftershave with salicylic acid infused with calendula, chamomile, allantoin, and essential oils calms and soothes razor burns and ingrown hairs. 

Botanical Resurfacing Clay Mask

Clay masks are an essential part of skin care for black male. urth’s Botanical Resurfacing clay mask is a refreshing and cooling green clay mask infused with ginseng, gingko, chamomile, sugar cane extract, lactic acid, and salicylic acid to detox, gently exfoliate, and minimize bumps and ingrown hair. Perfect for all skin types - including men with sensitive, dry, combo, and oily skin. 

Exfoliating Body Wash

Skin care for black males extends beyond the face. It's equally important to care for the rest of your body with an Exfoliating Body Wash. Look for an exfoliating body cleanser hydrate, to fight bacne, prevent ingrown hairs, and revitalize skin from head to toe. Gentle exfoliation will help get rid of dead surface skin cells and minimize ashy skin.  Apply a nourishing moisturizer after the shower while the skin is still slightly damp. 

Tone and Balance Skin's pH

This is a recommended step for black oily men's skin - and one that many guys aren’t familiar with. But for guys in the know, it’s their secret weapon for keeping a matte complexion all day long.  Look for a toner with salicylic acid and glycolic acid to gently exfoliate while toning and restoring your skin to its balanced pH. 

After washing your face (or after exfoliating) apply the toner to help minimize your pores, reduce oil, and prevent a greasy shine during the day. If your skin is getting oily midday, try using toner instead of face wash to cut back on the oil. It’s less harsh on your skin; instead of drying out your skin it leaves it balanced and refreshed.

Hydrate Skin with Men’s Moisturizer

The last step in your black men's skin care routine should always be a men's moisturizer. This will help you keep an even skin tone throughout the day and minimize ashy or flaky skin - especially if you have naturally dry or sensitive skin. Look for a face balm with SPF for daytime use and an antioxidant face moisturizer for nighttime use. 

Black oily men's skin still needs to use moisturizer - but should reach for a men's face moisturizer that is a lightweight, oil-free formula to lock in hydration without leaving your skin greasy or heavy. This kind of moisturizer enhances your skin and helps to balanced oil levels. 

Hydrating Face Mask

A replenishing and intense hydrating mask to replenish and revitalize skin a couple of times a week or even nightly. Plant-powered with ginseng, red seaweed, squalane and essential oils to nourish and renew parched, dull and aging skin. The hydrating mask for men is infused with a trio of neuro peptides; argireline acetyl hexapeptide 8, palmitoyl tetrapeptide 7, and rice protein peptide along with vitamin C, DMAE, and hyaluronic acid to diminish fine lines, wrinkles and improve skin firmness. Can be used as a 15 minute deep hydrating facial for men or as an overnight revitalizing treatment. Perfect for all skin types - including men with sensitive, dry, combo, and oily skin.  

Pore Clogging Ingredients

We've been over the best face care products for black skin but have left the big question of what not to use on Black skin unanswered. In general there are pore clogging ingredients or ingredients that will dry out your skin you should avoid. These include, but is not limited to, petroleum jelly, linseed oil, lanolin, cholesterol, gelatin, alcohols, silicones.

These ingredients should be avoided if possible as they have been linked to skin issues as a result of pore clogging ingredients. Patch testing a little bit of product on one area of your skin is always recommended before trying something new.

Skin care for black males doesn’t have to be complicated but due to biological differences in melanin levels and skin thickness some special attention is needed to minimize skin hyperpigmentation, ingrown hairs and razor bumps. 

urth has curated skin care kits for men to simplify men's skin care for black male. These plant powered men’s skincare products are formulated with non pore clogging ingredients like chamomile, green tea, ginseng and pure essential oils to cleanse, exfoliate, brighten and nourish skin for a healthy and clear complexion. Improved and better skin after every use. Perfect for all skin types - including men with sensitive, dry, combo, and oily skin.