Test Your Knowledge: Skin Care for Darker Skin

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Test Your Knowledge: Skin Care for Darker Skin
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There are lots of myths about darker skin. Is it really immune to skin cancer? Does black really not crack? Take the quiz to find out!
What is the level of natural protection against sun rays in darker skin?
SPF 5
SPF 10
Darker skin tones provide some built-in protection against rays that can damage skin. Its natural protection is about SPF 10.
SPF 15

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What is the name of the pigment that makes up skin color?
melanin
Skin color is made up by melanin, which is produced in the outermost layer of the skin.
subcutis
keratin

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Skin damage as small as a scratch can cause what type of damage to darker skin?
no damage
dark spots or patches
Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation can be caused even by a scratch on ethnic skin. This occurs when dark spots or patches appears as the skin heals.
infection

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What is a keloid?
rash
discolored patch
raised scar
A keloid is a large, raised scar usually caused by an injury to the skin. It tends to be more common in people of color.

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Which of the following is a correct statement regarding the relationship between darker skin and skin cancer?
Skin cancer is more common for those with darker skin.
Skin cancer is less common for those with darker skin.
Skin cancer is less common, but can be more deadly, in those with darker skin.
The color of the skin is not a factor for the onset of skin cancer.

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There is no need for moisturizing darker skin because it has all the moisture and oil it needs naturally.
true
false
This is false. Some men or women with dark skin may have oily skin but this does not negate the need for moisturizing.

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For people with darker skin, what is recommended when taking certain medications?
apply sunscreen
Many drugs increase sun sensitivity, therefore it is important to apply sunscreen or totally avoid the sun.
exfoliate
visit dermatologist

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Why does aging occur much later in darker skin?
The epidermis is stronger in darker skin.
Collagen is more compact in darker skin.
The collagen fibers are more dense and compact in darker skin, taking longer to break down.
Blood vessels are wider in darker skin.

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Until recently, what procedure was NOT an option for people with darker skin because of the side effects like scarring and blistering?
laser hair removal
Laser hair removal was once taboo for people with darker skin because the harshness of the laser caused severe blistering and changes in pigmentation. Now, there are lasers with longer wavelengths to accommodate darker skin tones.
botox
chemical peel

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Which of the following is true regarding the relationship between melanin particles and the range of skin color?
Darker skin people produce more melanin particles.
People with darker skin produce more melanin particles which are of a deeper color.
Darker skin people produce less melanin particles.
The number of melanin particles doesn’t determine the skin color.

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