We are not just celebrating our African American clients during the special month of February, because we know that the Black beauty community should be honored every day! One way to show our support is to offer private label skin care products with melanin-rich skin at the forefront of our formulations. With unique attributes such as larger sebaceous glands, more melanin, and a higher chance of developing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), darker skin does best with products developed with these features in-mind.

At Trilogy, our chemists are working with ingredients that perform beautifully on melanated skin such as Bakuchiol, Mandelic Acid, and Aloe so that a rainbow of skin colors can benefit and companies with an African American audience can offer specialized products for their fan base. Let’s explore some of these specialized ingredients incorporated into our private label offerings.

Can Chemical Peels Be Used on African American Skin?

With the beauty industry becoming a planetary practice, our attention turns towards skin “of color” as mixed races often yield every imaginable melanin level. And with hyperpigmentation in conjunction with sensitivity being the number one complaint of women with melanin-rich skin, a peel that can help alleviate brown spots while not causing excessive irritation is highly sought after. Thus enter – Mandelic Acid. This unique Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) has a larger molecular size than Glycolic – twice as big to be exact – which makes it penetrate the skin more slowly causing less inflammation than its AHA cousin. It helps with breakouts and the hyperpigmentation that often accompanies pimples on darker skin.

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Melanin rich skin is often sensitive skin and Beta Hydroxy Acids (such as Salicylic) that are typically preferred for blemish blasting, can sometimes be too drying for this skin type. Glycolic can be too irritating. But gentle Mandelic Acid presents as a possible pimple slayer that also helps hinder hyperpigmentation. Dark skin is more prone to ingrown hairs and folliculitis (the inflammation of hair follicles usually by bacteria or fungus), and Mandelic Acid is a real workhorse combating microorganisms while helping to prevent ingrowns.

Best Chemical Peel for Black Skin

Trilogy Laboratories wanted to develop an “all-inclusive” chemical peel that can be used by most skin types. That’s why our chemist decided that a synergistic blend of Mandelic Acid with Fruit Enzymes from Pineapple and Papaya would prove to be a potent cocktail treating acne, discoloration, razor burn, ingrown hairs and large pores! Our chemist’s concoction in our private label Blueberry Peel is excellent for use in facial treatments with all skin tones reducing pigment, clearing blemishes, balancing oil, and gently exfoliating. It’s become the Black business owner’s exfoliation choice for bringing out the beauty of every client.

Is Retinol Safe for Melanin-Rich or Black Skin?

Retinol is the go-to Vitamin A derivative that has a track record for reducing wrinkles and fine lines. It’s ability to turn over skin cells stimulating the production of collagen while often reducing breakouts has been shown in many clinical studies. But this accelerated renewal process can cause flaking, peeling, and general irritation so people with sensitive skin or skin that is prone to PIH should be aware of the level of Retinol in their products. Lower levels can successfully be used on most skin types while the supersensitive can turn towards natural Retinol alternatives such as Bakuchiol.

Best Retinol Cream for African American Skin

At Trilogy Labs, we offer different levels of Retinol in our serums with higher amounts found in our Vita A Pro Serum while more sensitive skin can steer towards our Anti-Age Serum. For a gentle approach to anti-aging, try our newly developed Bakuchiol Desert Cactus Serum. This serum is perfect for African American skin that needs a restorative boost with a quench from Organic Aloe and Glycerin.

What Are the Most Popular Products for African American Skin?

A study published in 2021 showed that women had a marked difference in the personal care products used by race/ethnicity. Because of the gravitation towards certain products, African American and African Caribbean women had higher exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals including parabens. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey also found that African Americans had the highest urinary concentration of phthalates and parabens – often found in skin care products. By partnering with Trilogy Labs, you can rest assured that your products are free of these potentially hazardous components as safety is our primary focus, followed by efficacy, making our private label skin care product the best choice for all skin types.

A plethora of Trilogy’s products are safe and effective on melanin-rich skin including these super stars that feature ingredients known to reduce inflammation, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts while increasing moisture retention and rejuvenation.

Top 8 Black Skin Care Products

1. Grapefruit Foaming Cleanser

Grapefruit Peel Oil is the star ingredient in this silky foaming cleanser that dissolves oil and makeup, rinsing away pore-clogging impurities. The oil from the peel of this citrus contains naturally occurring Alpha Hydroxy Acids that help boost cell turnover promoting smoother, younger looking skin.

2. Lactic Cream Cleanser

This gentle Lactic Acid based cream cleanser revitalizes while gently exfoliating. Infused with soothing Safflower Seed oil and firming Oat Amino Acids, skin will look more refreshed with each cleanse. Ideal for those who cannot tolerate Glycolic Acid but benefit from regular exfoliation.

3. Blueberry Peel

Mild Mandelic Acid sets the stage for this organic fruit peel gentle enough for melanin-rich skin types. Combined with the enzymatic action of organic Pineapples and Papaya, dull skin is whisked away while cellular regeneration is encouraged.

4. Bakuchiol Desert Cactus Serum

Harness the protective powers of Desert Cacti with this adaptive serum containing the natural retinol alternative, Bakuchiol. This blend of botanical protective proteins helps shield skin from the ravages of the environment while Bakuchiol gently stimulates regeneration of tissue so fresh glowing skin can be revealed. This serum is perfect for sensitive skin that needs a restorative boost with a quench from Organic Aloe and Glycerin.

5. Kojic Acid & Peony Brightening Serum

Say “bye-bye” to brown spots with this hydroquinone-free brightening serum containing 7 powerful ingredients. Blending Arbutin and Kojic Acid with powerful plant extracts such as Peony and Licorice Root, this elixir promotes even skin tone by helping to suppress the appearance of dark spots. Brightenyl® attacks hyperpigmentation on three levels helping to suppress tyrosinase (decreasing melanin production), prevent UV-induced DNA damage, and reduce inflammation in the skin.

6. Lemon Balm Bouncy Moisturizer

Organic botanical extracts provide antioxidant benefits to moisturize and soothe sensitive or blemish prone skin. Lemon Balm is a natural remedy that reduces redness and microbes while Licorice keeps hyperpigmentation at bay. Echinacea and Turmeric combined with Jojoba Oil moisturizes without clogging pores. Infused with precious wood oils such as Balsam, Sandalwood, and Copaiba, this ultra-light weight jelly-like lotion calms and brightens skin, naturally!

7. Essential Lipids

Fortify delicate and dry skin with an infusion of Lipids helping to retain healthy moisture content in the skin. Ceramides which form the skin’s natural protective barrier are cocktailed into emollient Squalane from Olives creating a replenishing treatment for overexposed, aged skin.

8. Turmeric & Ginger Brightening Mask

Turmeric, an ancient Ayurvedic remedy, has powerful anti-inflammatory qualities that illuminate and calm skin helping to ward off hyperpigmentation and pre-mature aging. Carrot oil contains fatty acids, improving hydration and the barrier function while Ginger naturally invigorates the look of dull, fatigued skin restoring it to its youthful, glowing appearance. This masque leaves pores tighter and skin hydrated.

Enhance Your Private Label Skin Care Line with Custom African American Skin Care Products

Black skin is uniquely beautiful and deserves to be treated with specialized care. Offering private label skin care products designed for melanated skin is our way of helping African American business owners feel confident in branding products that bring out the best in darker skin types. Trilogy Laboratories keep their finger on the pulse of skin care ingredient innovations so we can offer a variety of products for all skin types. Check out our Product Catalogue and speak to your Project Consultant about the opportunity to create Custom Formulations that are the best match for your brand. We are here to help at 239.470.0240 or customerservice@trilogylaboratories.com.

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