I love dispelling the myth that “black don’t crack.” As a black woman, I’ve heard this saying proudly (boastfully, even) repeated countless times over the course of my adult life. I’ve actually been chided for using serums, eye creams, sunscreen, and other anti-aging products. The resounding snarky comment is usually “Girl, we don’t need all of that.” The gist: We black women don’t need to concern ourselves with skincare products because we are anti-aging unicorns.

This simply isn’t true. While black skin is slower to show the typical signs of aging like fine lines, deep forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet around the eyes, our skin is prone to uneven tone, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and sagging, all of which rob our skin of its youthful glow and makes us appear older than we really are.

Thankfully, lots of at home treatments and in-office procedures can help treat dark spots, rough textures, blotchy skin tones, and sagging skin—but are these treatments safe for dark skin? Dr. Neal Schultz, NYC-based dermatologist, host of DermTV.com, and creator of BeautyRx, advises, “At-home lasers and devices (i.e. hair removal, acne treatment, reduction of fine lines) are generally safe. The FDA is very demanding that manufacturers demonstrate safety before the FDA approves them.”

So what’s the best of the best? We want bright, radiant, flawlessly smooth skin, and we want it now. Read on as we break down the best tools and treatments that deliver noticeable results and are safe for dark skin!

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