Dr. Adeline N. via IG
By Kanisha Parks

Dr. Adeline N., a Resident Physician at the Corpus Christi Bay Area Dermatology Program in South Texas, is the creator of @brownskinderm, an Instagram account focused on providing vital information about how to properly care for and treat skin of color. Brown Skin Derm is a top resource for skin of color, literally jam-packed with information about brown skin—including topics such as identifying and maintaining your skin type, product suggestions, addressing skin concerns like acne, skin lightening/brightening, rosacea, psoriasis, lupus, and much more!

Dr. Adeline started Brown Skin Derm to shift the narrative from just caring about what makeup we put on our skin to also understanding it in order to better care for it. She says,
 "Our communities have lots of unaddressed skin and hair conditions coupled with the lack of access to medical expertise related to their dermatologic needs. It is my hope that this platform will educate the public and help them better articulate their skin issues to their physicians and more importantly, equip them to seek the proper professional care from dermatologists.”
She also aims to shed light on skin stereotypes and misconceptions in the black community, such as the impression that non-Caucasian people are immune to skin cancer and the detrimental effects of skin bleaching. For example, many people are often shocked to learn that the death of iconic musician Bob Marley was actually due to an aggressive form of melanoma: acral lentiginous melanoma, to be specific. What was dismissed as a soccer injury under his toenail turned out to be a skin cancer that caused the death of an extremely talented musician at the young age of just 36. His story serves as a reminder of the importance of the need for both medical providers and the public to be educated about skin cancer and skin of color.

Dr. Adeline shares, 
“Like many people in our community, I had grown up erroneously believing darker skin conferred immunity to skin cancers, thereby making the need for sunscreen pointless. Unfortunately, this uninformed perception is not only limited to darker skinned patients but also some physicians who share the same inaccurate beliefs.
I also remember as a child growing up in West Africa, witnessing the pervasive culture of skin bleaching to address legitimate disorders of hyperpigmentation but also as an affirmative rejection of darker skin in favor of a much lighter and cosmetically appealing skin tone. My college experience was a true melting pot of cultures. Interacting with my friends there from other cultural backgrounds such as West Indians, Jamaicans, Asians, and more, I learned the culture of skin bleaching was not unique to my experience as an African but theirs as well. Having knowledge of the harmful chemicals being utilized in these bleaching creams today and their side effects, I felt I needed to do more to bring awareness to these and other skin issues."
As a dermatologist in training, I have more knowledge than the general public of the dermatologic issues affecting the average person. It became increasingly hard to ignore some these misconceptions about skin care or the approach to treating skin conditions in our community. In reflecting on past experiences addressing my own dermatologic issues, I had to be honest in that I delayed seeking professional help and had a do-it-yourself mentality for most of my skin concerns very much to my own detriment.”
Dr. Adeline hopes to change these and other fallacious attitudes regarding skin health in people of color, starting with implementing basic habits like wearing sunscreen daily, removing makeup at night, cleaning your makeup brushes, keeping your hands off of your face, and making sure to seek professional help for specific skin concerns. Your skin is of utmost importance and it’s your responsibility to learn how properly maintain it.
Dr. Adeline N.
Stay tuned for future skin-related posts featuring her expert advice and in the meantime, follow @brownskinderm on Instagram!

How much time do you spend on caring for your skin?
Kanisha is a Christian writer/author based in Augusta, GA. Other than CurlyNikki.com, she has also written for BlackNaps.organd Devozine, and has authored a book of poetry entitled, "Love Letters from the Master." Kanisha can be contacted for business inquiries at [email protected] 
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By Mwabi Kaira

In the ongoing conversation about skin hues and how uncomfortable the world seems to be with dark skin, Academy award winner Lupita Nyong’o has fared well and seems to have come through pretty unscathed since emerging in the public eye back in 2013. Other than former NBA player Gilbert Arenas dumb remarks about Lupita only being cute with the lights off, Lupita is a media darling and well loved and accepted. She is a red carpet favorite and always makes the best dressed lists. She has been on the cover of multiple magazines including Vogue, Elle, Essence, In Style, Marie Claire, Glamour, and was even named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful while making the cover. She is the face of Lancome ads, and has dolls made in her likeness. Her poise and classiness are bar none and the fact that she has accomplished everything while celebrating her natural beauty make her the epitome of black girl magic.

Lupita will team with Simon & Schuster to write her debut children’s book “Sulwe."


The picture book is aimed at readers between the ages of 5 and 7. “Sulwe,” means “star” in Luo, Lupita’s native tongue and is the story of a 5-year-old girl growing up in Kenya. Sulwe has the darkest skin color in her family, a fact that makes her uncomfortable and determined to find a way to lighten her skin. As the story unfolds, Sulwe embarks on a whimsical adventure in the night sky that, coupled with advice from her mother, helps her see beauty differently.

Lupita was not always the self-confident Goddess we know now and gave a speech about it in 2014 at an Essence Women in Hollywood Luncheon. The speech went viral and was a pivotal point for young girls who thought lightening their skin would make them feel more beautiful. She encouraged them by saying,
“I hope that my presence on your screens and in magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel validation of your external beauty, but also, get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.” 
 The speech going viral is where the idea of “Sulwe” was born explains Lupita,
“I felt really grateful that it had this impact and at that time it occurred to me that there was an audience that this was resonating with, but the age group that really needed to hear this wouldn’t necessarily hear the speech.”
Dark skin is not just an issue in predominantly African countries; South America, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, and South Korea are all countries who sell skin lightening creams. The sad untrue belief is that lighter skin gives you a better life. Sulwe’s story will resonate with children from all over the world and teach them that self love and acceptance are the key. Children learn life lessons at an early age and books are a huge way in which they learn.

“Sulwe” will hit the shelves next January. Will you buy it?

Mwabi Kaira is an African girl navigating her way in an American world.  She is of Zambian and Malawian heritage and moved to the USA in 1993.  Writing has been her passion since she could put a sentence together on the page. Mothering her sons is her pride and joy.  She has been an avid runner since 2013 and has run 10 half marathons and a full marathon.  Keep up with her athttp://africanbeautifulme.blogspot.com/

By Jashima Wadehra

Fine lines and wrinkles ? I’m all too familiar.
Thanks to hours in front of my laptop and years of atopic eczema and variations of chronic dermatitis, I, in my early 20’s, suffer from fine under eye lines and wrinkly lids. While I have yet to find a cure for this, I have found a home remedy that has decreased the depth, visibility and reoccurrence of my wrinkles!

Tell your man or woman to get you some ROSES because baby, you’re going to need a bouquet!

You heard me! Roses! You may have seen and tried rose water as a skin toner or aromatic setting spray but have you tried rose hip seed oil?

Rose contains vitamin A which help promote new skin cells and tightening. I discovered this remedy when I was tired of applying immunosuppressants and steroids to my skin for the eczema and retinol for the wrinkles. The sun sensitivity, inflammation and redness were more unsightly than the root cause itself!

Oils tend to find their way from our faces into our hair lines...I have found that rose hip seed absorbs without leaving a greasy residue unlike other oils, and it doesn't agitate my skin like coconut oil does.

The best part is the scent is very subtle. It does not have an overwhelming rose scent at all.

Here is one of my favorite brands Majestic Pure Rosehip Oil for Face, Nails, Hair and Skin, Pure & Natural, Cold Pressed Premium Rose Hip Seed Oil, 4 oz.

Stay patient and persistent. Results for me started to show around day 10. This has been a constant part of my skincare routine for about 3 months!

This won’t eradicate your lines, but it will definitely help! Ain’t nothing wrong with aging gracefully..... I’m just trying to, you know, put it on layaway?!

Have you tried rose hip oil for wrinkles?

Jashima Wadehra is a writer, dancer, entrepreneur, and lover of people based in NYC.  She can be found blogging at overpriced coffee shops or on a plane heading to a new place to write about.  Follow her on instagram at @TheChatterboxlifeEnthusiast and check out her new blog TheChatterBoxLifeEnthusiast.com

Frank Body is a brand you've probably heard off thanks to their huge following on Instagram. Their famous body scrub is a favourite with many bloggers and celebrities so when they recently contacted me to see if I'd like to try their new range of skincare products, I jumped at the chance. When I received them in the post, I was really impressed with the packaging - it's cute and quirky without looking tacky. The three products I received are from the 'Sweet Cheeks' bundle which includes the creamy face cleanser, creamy face scrub and everyday face moisturiser. I like that all of these products go together to make a routine and compliment each other nicely. I also love the box the products comes in which says 'Hey, babe. I'm about to get all up in your face.' It did make me chuckle and it's a great place to store the products too!

The creamy cleanser is very creamy as the name would suggest and contains some great ingredients including green coffee bean extract, Marshmallow root and Echinacea extract, charcoal and coconut, grape seed and sweet almond oils. All of these wonderful ingredients work together beautifully to target impurities, nourish the skin and replenish moisture levels. I was surprised when I first used the product as it's a charcoal grey cream which is quite unusual as most cleansers are a white or cream colour. I do like this though as it's a bit different and more fun to apply ;).

Moving on to the scrub and I really like this product. As I mentioned earlier, Frank are famed for their body scrub so it was only natural for them to add a face scrub to their skin care line. Again, like the cleanser, the scrub is a deep brown/grey colour with exfoliating coffee granules running through it. I know manual exfoliators like this can often get a bad rep for being abrasive on the skin but this one is great - it's very gentle but also very effective. I personally love exfoliators like this as I feel they provide more instant results that a chemical exfoliant but I guess it's all down to personal preference. Again, this product includes some fantastic ingredients and generally does exactly what you'd want and expect from a face scrub.

Finally, the everyday face moisturiser. Moisturiser is essential for me as my skin dries out very quickly if I don't use it so it's important I apply it every morning after my shower and before applying my makeup. This one is very lightweight which I wasn't sure about at first as it almost feels too thin and I'm used to fairly thick and heavy moisturisers. However, the more I've used it, the more I've grown to love it as it sinks into my skin super fast and is perfect to wear underneath makeup. I wouldn't use it at night time as it just isn't rich enough for my personal needs but for day to day wear, it's great. It contains cocoa and shea butter which are both known for their moisturising properties and  Vitamin E which protects and repairs your skin, targeting dryness, acne, fine lines and other skin conditions. As with the other products, it also contains green coffee extract and coconut, almond and grape seed oils.

Overall I'm really impressed with these products and will definitely continue to use them as I feel they're doing my skin some good. They aren't cheap to buy individually (£15.95/£17.95) but if you buy the bundle I have here, they work out fairly reasonably priced at just over £10 per product. You can order the bundle online here and find out more about the products too.

Do these products sound like something you'd like to try?!

I worked with Frank on this post - all opinions are my own*