Some tips for African-American skin care include moisturizing the skin daily with moisturizers that contain ingredients such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid or dimethicone. For African Americans who prefer natural moisturizers, those made with coconut oil and shea butter work well for darker skin, which is drier than lighter skin.
Moisturizers containing alphahydroxy or vitamin A are to be avoided as they are likely to cause irritation on sensitive skin. Dark skin should also be cleansed sparingly, as frequent cleansing depletes it of moisture. The cleanser should be gentle with a formula suitable for sensitive skin. Sun protection with an SPF of at least 15 should be applied daily to protect the skin from UV damage.