African-American Beauty Myths -- Busted!
'Black don't crack' isn't the only African-American beauty myth that's stood the test of time. From black hair care to makeup, we suss out fact from fiction
Black don't crackOne look at beautiful celebs like Halle Berry, Iman, and Vanessa Williams and it's easy to understand how the expression "black don't crack" has stayed around for so long.
"Most women of African descent do not develop as many fine lines or sunspots as most Caucasian women do," says Philadelphia-based dermatologist Susan Taylor, MD. "However, that does not mean the added melanin in our skin completely protects us from the sun. Black women can get sunburned!"
While treating sunburns may not top the skin care concerns for most African-Americans, getting rid of dark marks does. "Uneven skin tone is a common result of sun damage," says Taylor. "Also, many black woman are often on medications for high blood pressure or diabetes, which make you more susceptible to burn or develop darkened blemishes."
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