Mixed Race Skin Problems
Mixed race skin problems can range from as simple as having Mongolian spots which are a very common occurrence in mixed race children.
The most common mixed race skin problems also include:
- Mongolian Spot
- Pityriasis Alba
- Tinea Versicolour
Mongolian spots as a mixed race skin problems is relatively high compared to predominantly all white or black parents, none the less, in is also necessary to point out that it is rare to have the mongolian spot on your baby's face.
As a mum to two beautiful mixed race kids, I know a thing or two about mixed race skin problems. My daughter was born with a Mongolian spot birthmark, while my son has had to endure eczema skin condition.
So if you are new to Mixed race skin problems, you would be glad to learn that in many cases Mongolian spots are harmless and can appear at any part of the body of dark-skinned babies.
They quite easy to identify, in many cases they are flat, with a gray-blue-ish in color (if you have seen a skin bruising before, Mongolian spots almost looks like a bruise), and can be small or large.
What Causes Mongolian Spots In Mixed Race Skin Problems?
They are caused by some pigment that didn't make it to the top layers of the baby skin which occurs when the baby's skin is being formed.
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Understanding The Mixed Race Baby Skin
The complexity of mixed race skin problems mostly arises from lack of understanding the basic care of a mashup of two skin tones which have different oil skin volumes, ages at a different rate and has UV light protection layers.
Black skinned people have a shiny glow on their facials, and this is due to the oily nature of black skin found in the facial area. Yet the same black skin elsewhere tends to be a bit drier compared to the facial skin.
The white skin is different, you are either oily skinned overall or normal. Now when it comes to the skin tone itself, no mixed race skin is the same, even if you are siblings.
This is due to the skin formation process when the babies are taking their skin tone from their parents.
Same parents can have relatively darker mixed race skinned kids and relatively fairer kids even if they are twins.
Interestingly, the white skin tends to age at a much faster rate than the black skin. And you will find that the mixed race skin fits in between the two skin tones snag.
In other ways, when it comes to aging, the mixed-race skin will age at a slower rate compared to white skin but not at a slower rate of the black skin.
What Makes Mixed Race Skin Tones Differ In Siblings?
It's easy to assume that one gene has to be dominant than the other, unfortunately, that's not how it works. Melanin presence in the baby's development stage will determine the mixed-race skin tone.
Melanin being an inherited trait, it is important to understand that there are many variables that control and influence the production and presence of the melanin itself.
As a result of this process, no mixed race child is the same tone despite having shared the same womb as twins or siblings.
Instead, mixed-race skin tones tend to be intermediate as opposed to having an all white or black color child in a mixed-race family.
The other complexity in mixed race skin is in how to care for mixed-race skin.
A good example is how the black skin tends to be oily in the facial area, while the rest of the body is drier than the face. This is also likely to be passed on to many mixed-race skin tones. You will find that as a mixed race baby, has nicely moisturized face, therefore requiring no addon oil.
Instead, as a parent, you need to get two sets of mixed race moisturizers, one for the oily skinned face and the other for the drier party of the body like arms and legs.
Whilst on the same subject of having to use two types of mixed race moisturizers, you will need to figure out what type of UV light you need to use as each mixed-race child will have different depth of skin tone.
In short, other mixed race skin tones will need a medium SPF moisturizer while other mixed race skin tones will need a full monty.
Some will call it shifting clouds, Vitiligo, Verscolour even Lhota. Reality is that this skin condition is not exclusive to the mixed race skin tones alone. However, It is widely believed that as a mixed-race skin tone, your baby is likely to be prone to tinea versicolor also known as shifting clouds.
There isn't enough information on Tinea Versicolor, however, if you happen to notice it on your toddler or baby, then you should know that your family doctor will prescribe you an antifungal cream which can diminish the shifting clouds.
Due to lack of information on this skin condition, many parents freak out thinking that Tinea versicolor is contagious.
Fortunately, that is not the case and once treated it will go away. Take note that recurring Tinea versicolor is common, so if it returns on your mixed race baby skin, do not panic.