This proposition – that black skin is better skin – is not a political statement. Rather, it is based upon scientific observations. Darkly pigmented skin is functionally superior to lighter colored skin in several ways. Our purpose here is give our readers a scientific perspective to a socially fraught question. And to acquaint our readers with some of the most important functions of skin that are influenced by skin color.
Some of the benefits of skin color are obvious and widely recognized. Darkly pigmented skin is less susceptible to skin cancer. And dark skin is less prone to develop wrinkles over time.
Poetically speaking, age has a lighter stroke on the canvas of black skin.
But there are other, less well-known, but very important ways in which darkly pigmented skin functions better than pale skin. We are not talking about “racial” differences, because race is not a valid scientific construct. The differences we speak of are attributable to skin pigmentation per se in whomever and wherever it is found. Whether in an African-American, Filipino, or Sri Lankan, it is dark pigmentation itself that confers multiple advantages to the part of the skin called ‘epidermis’, which comprises the outermost and protective layers of the skin. [Read more…] about Black Skin Is Better