There are a few beauty myths that are circulating around Black women, which are completely false. A few myths that comes to mind are “Black doesn’t crack” (y’all know what I mean) and “lotion on my face makes my skin greasy.” While reading African Beauty Tip, I read some other myths that I wanted to share with my readers — let’s work to debunk these lies.
Myth #1: Black skin cannot burn:
Despite popular beliefs, black skin is just as susceptible to elements of weather, sun and pollution, as any other skin type. As a matter of fact, black skin is very delicate and becomes damaged easily. Using sunscreen is important as black skin does burn. The melanin which gives black skin its color offers some level of protection, but like all skin types long exposure to the sun can result in painful burns.
Myth #2: Skin Cancer does not affect black skin
Excessive exposure to the sun can also result in skin cancer, so African Americans also need to heed the warnings on how to protect themselves from the sun’s rays.
Myth #3: Black hair is strong: