Black, matt and mixed skin

Specificities of black, matt and mixed skins

Whether white or black, each skin is unique and reacts in a special way to the environment. If the clear skins are at high risk of skin cancers and the darker skins better protected against the sun’s rays, there are specific reactions to each type of pigmentation. In reality, there are all possible skin colors, due to the mixing of populations. These colors are linked to the more or less important presence of melanin in the dermis, a pigment whose role is to protect the skin against the sun’s rays.

A nice grain of skin but an irregular complexion, here is the main concern of the black skins, matt and mixed. If they show little wrinkles, they must nevertheless pay close attention to stains.

Moisturize your black, matte or mixed skin

If the black skins have the advantage of better protection against the sun and therefore a marked delay in the appearance of the signs of aging skin compared to the white skin, they are much more vulnerable to dehydration .
There is a tendency to believe that black or mixed skin is naturally drier than others, but it is false. They have the same capacity of hydration but are less adapted to a dry climate.

It is enough to observe a black skin on leaving the bath or the shower to see the importance of the hydration in the dark skin: soon dried after the washing, it becomes white and flaky, the first signs of the cutaneous dryness. Hence the importance of daily moisturizing the skin to avoid the appearance of large areas of ash, especially in the legs, but also on the upper part of the body, the upper limbs, especially interphalangeal spaces or the face .

Traditionally, the majority of dark-skinned women use shea-based products from a very diverse traditional African pharmacopoeia. “Rich in unsaponifiables and fatty acids, shea hydrates, softens, protects and beautifies the driest skin by melting on the surface of the skin and leaving a smooth and soft satin film. This active substance is therefore particularly well suited to the needs of black or mixed skin to combat the drying of the skin and the greyish appearance that it entails “.

Pigmentation abnormalities

Dark spots on the skin are the biggest concern for black skin.
It happens, in fact, that the production of melanin (the pigment that colors the skin) is disrupted. The complexion loses its luminosity, dark spots and marks appear. Often, the skin reacts to aggressions by producing an excess of melanin from where darker areas, dark spots.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Acne breakouts, insect bites and other burns.
  • Exposure to the sun after absorption of certain photosensitizing drugs
  • The application of perfumed or alcoholic products
  • Hormonal disturbances (pregnancy mask)

The stains are all the more difficult to fade as they are old.

The sun and the black skin

Many people wrongly consider that black and cross-skinned skin is less vulnerable to UV radiation and therefore requires little or no protection. Richer in melanin, it is naturally protected but all depends on the importance of the melanin contained in the skin. The clearer the skin, the less melanin there is and the more sunburn or wrinkle appear if it is not protected from UV rays.

The theory that black and cross-skinned skins are safe from sun damage clearly conveys a good number of accepted ideas:

  • 15% of UVs reach the deep layers of the epidermis in all cases.
  • The black skins tan all skin, but be careful, the skins that already have pigment spots can see the appearance of darker areas.
  • Black skins can also be sunburned, which is especially true for mellow and lighter skins that are sometimes prone to redness and burning when exposed for too long and without UV protection.


Red castle, the specific range of black, matte and mixed skins


The specificities of the black skin therefore require a suitable dermocosmetic approach. Since 1999, the range CHATEAU ROUGE offers a complete range of dermocosmetic care adapted to black, matt and mixed skin.

The formulation of Château Rouge products takes into account these different problems and specific needs:

  • Unstable
    pigmentation Melanocytes produce more melanin in a more pigmented form. This synthesis is sensitive to the slightest trauma.
  • The healing of the skin is delicate and sometimes generates pigment spots, especially in case of acne.
  • The skin is dehydrated
  • The upper layer of the denser black skin requires very high air humidity to keep it cohesive. This makes the skin more sensitive. The complexion becomes dull, greyish.
  • Black skin produces more sebum
    In temperate climates and to combat dehydration, black skin synthesizes sebum in greater quantity. The residual amount of sebum on the skin surface is larger and gives a shiny skin appearance that shines with sometimes pimples.

The desire of the Château Rouge range is to offer you dermocosmetic products perfectly adapted to your skin in order to sublimate and correct imperfections.