Why does black skin age slower?

why does black skin age slower

Why does black skin age slower?

You’ve probably heard that black or matte skin ages slower than others. But do you know why? Although aging is an inevitable process, we are not all equal when it comes to this phenomenon. 

Science showed that the signs of aging appear about 10 years later in people with black skin compared to people with white or fair skin. The reasons behind this are known. 

Before explaining why black skin ages slower, we will first explain how aging appears, and the factors involved. 

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What are the factors involved in skin aging?

The aging process is affected by intrinsic factors (over which you have no control) and extrinsic factors (over which you can act).

Intrinsic factors: they are related to your genetic background.

Extrinsic factors: climate, hormonal status, type of job, environment, lifestyle (diet, exercise, smoking, sun exposure, etc.), social and cultural conditions.

Cumulative sun exposure is the most important extrinsic factor in skin aging. This is referred to as photoaging or sun-induced aging.

What are the effects of aging on the skin?

Regardless of your skin type, the most common signs of skin aging are brown spots, loss of elasticity, wrinkles and loss of volume. However, black skin has characteristics that make its aging process unique.

Why does black or matte skin age slower?

Compared to others, darker skin has certain characteristics that protect it from aging.

A higher concentration of melanin

Melanin is a pigment made by skin cells. The more melanin the skin contains, the darker it is.

Melanin concentration in the skin is the most significant difference between people with black skin and Caucasian skin. It is higher in people with dark skin. This high concentration of melanin provides protection against UV rays and therefore against photoaging. 

Skin aging signs appear a decade later in people with darker skin than in lighter skin. But this does not mean you can do without sun protection! Even if you have dark skin, protect yourself before sun exposure.

Although the high concentration of melanin protects black skin against photoaging, it makes it more vulnerable to hyperpigmentation. The slightest external aggression such as an acne pimple or injury can cause pigmentation spots. But you can treat them with adapted products. For optimal effectiveness, treat them as soon as they appear.

A thicker dermis

The skin is essentially composed of 3 parts: epidermis, dermis and hypodermis.

The dermis is responsible for the support, suppleness and elasticity of the skin. It is composed of several elements: water, elastin, fibroblasts, collagen and glycoproteins. Its aging causes the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of skin aging. 

Skin aging is associated with a progressive atrophy (decrease in volume) of the dermis. However, people with black skin have a thicker and more compact dermis that preserves the skin’s elasticity and protects against sun-induced aging. 


You have just learned why black skin ages slower than Caucasian skin. This is because of the high concentration of melanin and a thicker dermis, which protect it from the effects of aging. 

Although you are genetically lucky in this respect, this does not exempt you from taking care of your skin. Preserve this gift of nature by choosing products that are healthy and adapted to your skin. Remember to apply sunscreen in case of sun exposure.

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