How To Treat Most Common Asian Skin Problems

Aug 19, 2010

Asian skin may require special attention to avoid common problems such as pigmentation, acne and melasma. Your skin tone may range from pale to dark brown, which will determine what skin care strategy you will choose.

At the recent meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, specialists discussed the most widespread problems of Asian skin and what can be done to avoid them. What are the most suitable options to treat Asian skin problems?


Many people think that it is not necessary to use sunscreen for Asians, because their skin is dark enough. However, sunscreen is very important for all people to prevent premature ageing and make skin look healthy. It is recommended to use broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher and protect your skin with the help of sun-protecting clothing and wide-brimmed hats.


Since acne is one of the most common problems of Asian skin, specialists advise to use exfoliation as a treatment option. You can use various exfoliating products, containing glycolic acid, salicylic acid or topical retinoids to get rid of surface skin cells.

Bleaching creams

If you have pigmentation problems as an after-effect of acne or other dermatological conditions, you can use gentle bleaching creams for skin. Most of them may contain hydroquinone, chemical peels and cosmetiuticals. Take care not to overuse bleaching creams, especially those that may contain higher levels of hydroquinone, which can be harmful to your skin.

Laser or light therapy

Experts say that pigmentation, including melasma, a condition characterized by brown spots on face is common among Asian women. The treatment of melasma may include the above mentioned options, such as exfoliation and bleaching, as well as some laser and light therapies. It is also better to perform these therapies at dermatologist to make sure this treatment is suitable for your skin.