Mixed Race and Skincare


A Beverly Hills dermatologist once explained that my blended skin is not easy to treat.  The demographics of the US are rapidly becoming more mixed-race and it made me wonder - is mixed race skin really different?

As a generalization, mixed race skin is a combination skin type. Why? Because mixed race people inherit different characteristics from each of their parents. Skin of color tends to be oily on the face and dry elsewhere, while white skin tends to be ‘normal’ or oily. Each mixed race person is different, even between siblings.

Mixed race skin ages at a slower rate than white skin, but ages at a faster rate compared to darker skin. This is due to the extra protection provided by melanin which protects against UV, and mixed race skin is usually oilier due to more active sebaceous glands. But mixed race and darker skin are still prone to skin cancer, so please use sun protection.

There is no one gene that determines skin color, there are many genes. Skin color is primarily determined by melanin presence, an inherited trait. There are actually several different genes that regulate a variety of melanin production processes. The more “high pigmentation” genes that a person has, the darker their skin. This is why most mixed-race children have an intermediate skin tone between their parents; it’s not an all-or-nothing process.

When I created the Derivations line with Dr. Haley, it was important that we create a product for every ethnicity as we both have blended cultural backgrounds.  We are proud that Derivations is the first global product line.