Know your skin

Know Your skin

Is Indian Skin Type More Prone to Acne?

While acne affects a lot more people than you’d realise, the treatment working for the person next to you might not work as effectively for your skin.

By this logic, have you ever wondered if the same can be true over a larger scale? Could acne affect various nationalities differently, and is our Indian skin type more prone to acne?

The key distinction point that people of colour have with caucasian skin type is that people with darker skin tones have a larger amount of melanin in them. Ethnicities with different, darker complexions fall under this category that distinguishes them from people of lighter complexion. 

Let’s clear up one thing, acne affects every ethnicity equally and while research hasn’t exactly been able to prove which skin type is more prone to acne, darker skin types are more prone to the ‘aftereffects’ of acne.

People with more melanin content have some common problems when it comes to skin concerns, with one of the most common or prevalent problems being the dark spots/hyperpigmentation related to acne that are left behind after it fades. 

However, while talking about acne in adults specifically, studies showed that women were more prone to it as compared to men. Other regional, cultural and geographical factors like food, diet, genetics, sun exposure, perspiration and stress also play a role in altering the severity of acne. 

Let’s look at some more common factors 


It might be safe to assume that milk and dairy products are consumed by Indians on almost daily basis. As milk and dairy products are known to have hormones that can aggravate acne, it is often recommended by dermatologists that people dealing with acne either cut down or completely stop consuming these products. 

While Indian food habits relatively lie on the healthier side of the spectrum, some popular oily foods, certain meats and high glycaemic index items that may disrupt your blood sugar can often aggravate pimple problems to a certain level. 

Skin care products

A common mistake that a lot of people make without even realising they’re doing it is that they use comedogenic products that can clog their pores and lead to further breakouts. According to studies, another common error when it comes to the skin care side of things is getting facials. 

If the right products and creams for sensitive skin aren’t used, it could potentially lead to acne and lead to eruptions. Another alarming cause for an increase in acne was the usage of cosmetic products that contain some form of skin-lightening agents.

Sunlight and seasonal changes

As sunlight is harsher in some regions than others, prolonged exposure can sometimes lead to or increase acne. Applying sunscreen and protecting oneself from extended exposure can help, however it should be noted that you should always use a non-comedogenic sunscreen. 

As summers are often intense in some regions, acne can worsen during those months. This is one of the main reasons why dermatologists may recommend different products like moisturisers, depending on how severe the switch between two seasons is.


While this may or may not be a surprise to some, stress can often flare up acne problems. Prolonged periods of emotional stress, be it in relation to work, home or in the way of everyday living, can worsen your skin’s health.

While eliminating stress would be the ideal solution for this situation, the pressure women often feel from society (and themselves) to fit into the conventional standards can stress them out further. 


While external factors do matter, you can try and minimise their effects by maintaining a well-rounded yet simple skincare routine and changing other lifestyle habits that may aggravate your acne.

Often, people only tend to treat their breakouts without paying much attention to the spots. As people of colour are at a higher risk of hyperpigmentation, it is especially important to consult with your dermatologist to treat the dark spots that acne may leave in its wake. 

Another important step is to use tested products that are fit for Indian skin type. If you’re looking for such a product, you should consider AcneStar face wash as it has been backed by research from AcneStar Research Institute. AcneStar consists of the goodness of five powerful ingredients like tulsi, aloe vera, chamomile, calendula, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid.

One of the most common mistakes that can put you through a lot of stress is trying to change every little habit at once. This can often be overwhelming as habits don’t change overnight. To avoid this, you can try making gradual changes that lead up to a healthier lifestyle.   

Although making healthy lifestyle changes can minimise acne to an extent, if you find that it doesn’t show the desired results and your skin still seems acne prone, a good dermatologist can always put you on a routine suited for you. At the end of the day, it all comes down to taking care of your skin in the best way you can.



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