Dr. Onyeka Obioha talks about eczema, hyperpigmentation and the Even & Radiant collection from SheaMoisture

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MADAMENOIR is always pleased to introduce products in the beauty field specifically for melanin-rich skin. That said, we recently spoke with Los Angeles-based dermatologist Dr. Onyeka Obioha, MD about SheaMoisture’s recently launched Even & Radiant skincare collection.

The line features five products blended with natural, raw honey to help visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots and post-acne spots while helping restore skin’s natural tone.

It includes 3-in-1 Melting Cleansing Balm ($12.99), Dark Spot Correcting Serum ($12.99), Daily Face Lotion ($10.99), Night Cream ($11.99 $) and daily exfoliating toner pads ($12.99).

Dr. Obioha described the entire Even & Radiant collection as a “comprehensive” line that will particularly help people with melanized skin who want to gently treat hyperpigmentation.

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“Unlike many other over-the-counter products that are harsh and can strip and dry your skin of its natural oils, Even & Radiant products are hydrating and contain nourishing ingredients,” Dr. Obioha explained. “After using them – even though they are effective in unclogging pores – it does not make your skin dry.”

The dermatologist said eczema is the second most common condition that patients typically seek treatment for, after hyperpigmentation. With that in mind, she explained how the collection’s honey and shea butter – the latter sourced from Ghana – “are great” for eczema sufferers.

“That’s how the combination works,” Dr. Obioha said. “Honey is specifically antibacterial and hydrating, but the two together are really good at nourishing the skin barrier, preventing eczema flare-ups and helping with hyperpigmentation.”

Dr. Obioha also noted that the honey in the 3-in-1 Melting Cleansing Balm acts as a natural exfoliator, making the products an ideal pre-cleanser for those who wear a lot of makeup, work out, or feel their skin needs a boost. deep clean.

“What often happens with hyperpigmentation is what we medically call post-inflammation,” Dr. Obioha said. “Acne is inflammatory, eczema is inflammatory, psoriasis is inflammatory. The pigment that these issues leave behind is new pigment on the top layer of the skin, so when you use an exfoliating product it helps to remove it. .

“However, there needs to be a balance. Because if a product is too harsh to exfoliate your skin, it will also cause inflammation,” the dermatologist advised. “Any products you use to treat hyperpigmentation should be gentle enough to exfoliate without causing harm.”

“Hyperpigmentation is absolutely an issue that melanotic skin faces more than lighter skin tones,” the dermatologist added. “Everyone of all skin tones has the same number of pigment-producing cells — those that make melanin — but different skin tones vary in how much melanin they produce.”

“With darker skin, our pigment cells are more reactive. They are more likely to get aroused and release melanin than lighter skin types, which is why we hyperpigment a lot more,” she said. “Even with cosmetic procedures, darker skin types need to be very careful because we have a higher risk of hyperpigmentation and scarring if there is any inflammation or margin for error.

Dr. Obioha clarified that all skin types can use the line, but moisturizers will greatly benefit dry, eczema-prone and combination skin types.

Plus, people with oily, acne-prone skin, or those concerned with anti-aging and even skin tone, should try the 3-in-1 Melting Cleansing Balm, Dark Spot Correcting Serum, and Pads. daily exfoliating toners.

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