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									Dr. Susan Taylor's Rx for Brown Skin
Author: Susan C. Taylor

Brown skin has a naturally warm, glowing complexion that ranges in shade from yellow to olive to dark
brown and black (Asian, Latin, African-American, and Native American skin). The extra melanin that
imparts these rich tones and helps protect skin from the sun can also make brown skin vulnerable to
discoloration, uneven tone, scarring, and breakouts. This unique book will help you enhance and protect
the health and beauty of your brown skin, as well as your hair and nails. Dr. Susan Taylor, a Harvard-
trained dermatologist, bases her advice on more than twenty years of experience treating patients in
private practice and at the Skin of Color Center in New York City, which she founded.Dr. Taylor explains
how to:Attain and maintain flawless skinAvoid breakouts, discolorations, and ashen skinPrevent and
camouflage scarsChoose and use makeup for a perfect match year-roundStyle hair safely to avoid
damage, hair loss, and skin irritationDetect and protect against skin cancer. . . and much more!

As a woman of color, you've always desired radiant, even-toned skin and healthy, fast-growing hair, but
you may not have always had the facts and the guidance you need to look your best. Few books and
magazines offer details about the skin and hair of women of color. The books that do offer only superficial,
and sometimes inaccurate, information. To get the skin and hair you long for and deserve, you first need
to become better acquainted with the skin you're in. As a woman of color, the better you understand what
makes your skin and hair unique, the better you'll be able to care for your looks and uncover your natural
beauty. In this chapter, you'll begin to learn about skin-of-color characteristics.Skin of color is quite
different from white skin in many respects. Also, among women of color there is great variety of skin
tones and types. As you gain a better understanding of the differences between skin of color and white
skin, and what makes your skin distinct, you'll be able to make wiser decisions about your skin's care.
With this knowledge you'll gain the power to look your best.In Black and White: What Makes Skin of
Color Different?The distinctions between your skin of color and white skin are numerous. The most
notable differences include:More melanin, or brown skin pigment, resulting in a warmer skin shadeGreater
natural protection from the sun and lower risk of skin cancerFewer visible signs of aging, such as deep
wrinkles, fine lines, and sun spotsPotential problems with pigmentation, or uneven darkening or lightening
of skinGreater risk of keloid (raised, often large scars) developmentSkin of Color CharacteristicsOur skin
is made up of three distinct layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous layer. The only
visible layer, the epidermis, is composed mainly of keratinocytes — cells that provide a protective barrier
to the skin. The epidermis also contains melanocytes — specialized cells that produce melanin, the
brown pigment that gives our skin its rich color. These cells are present in the lowest sublayer of the
epidermis, or the basal cell layer (see illustration, page 14). The primary purpose of the melanocyte cell
is to make melanin.Although all people have the same number of melanocyte cells, people of color have
melanocytes that are capable of making large amounts of melanin. This increased melanin is what gives
skin of color its warm shade. But there is no one type of skin of color. Among individual women of color,
the amount of melanin varies dramatically, so that a woman with an abundance of melanin will have deep
chocolate-brown skin tone, while a woman with less melanin will have vanilla skin tone. There are
numerous shades — an estimated thirty-five shades among women of African descent.Melanin is not a
static substance. That is why our skin changes color in response to various stimuli. Our melanocyte cells
can produce more melanin if stimulated by the sun, medications, or certain diseases. The most obvious
example of this is tanning, which occurs when our skin produces more melanin after sun exposure. Our
skin may also darken in response to certain drugs such as minocycline, which is commonly used to treat
acne, or in response to certain medical conditions such as Addison's disease (see "Melanin and
Medicine," page 14, and "Melanin and Your Health," page 15). Our...
Author Bio
Susan C. Taylor
Susan C. Taylor, M.D., a Harvard-trained physician and an internationally recognized expert on
dermatology and ethnic skin issues, has appeared on the Today show, Weekend Today, and Good
Morning America, and has been featured in O Magazine, Latina, and Essence. She is the founding
director of the Skin of Color Center—the first of its kind in the nation—at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital
Center in New York City, and maintains a private practice in Philadelphia.

'Taylor empowers the Black woman to look and feel beautiful.'

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