Why people with dark skin still need to wear sunscreen

30 May 2017

It finally feels like summer here in The Netherlands and, of course, I’m taking full advantage of it. 🙂 The other day I was last minute shopping for sunscreen. I went into a (never been before) drugstore and because I didn’t want to waste time looking around, I asked a sales associate where in the store I could find it. Before answering my question, she looked me up and down and I could almost hear her think: ‘why would she need sunscreen?’. That brings me to this post.

Just because I have dark skin, that doesn’t mean I don’t need sunscreen! Of the many sunscreen myths out there, one of the biggest is that people with dark skin don’t need to use it. I told you why this is false in this post years ago, but I don’t mind telling you again! Keep reading.

people with dark skin still need to wear sunscreen

Ok ok, it is true that the more melanin (pigment) skin has, the more it is naturally protected from damage from the sun’s UV rays. Also, skin cancer isn’t very common among people of color. BUT this does NOT mean people with dark skin can skip sunscreen!

Any darkening of your regular skin tone is just a sign that your skin is defending itself against the sun and attempting to prevent further damage. Everyone is vulnerable to the kind of sun damage that can cause skin cancer and signs of aging.

What’s also good to know is that when people of color develop skin cancer, it’s much deadlier! The reason is that it’s usually detected at an advanced stage, when it’s more difficult to treat.

people with dark skin still need to wear sunscreen

The sun also causes pigment problems, like spots and blotchiness that make people look older than what they really are. These issues are trickier to resolve in people with dark skin, mainly because some remedies can cause inflammation that triggers even more discoloration.

So yes people of (every) color, wear sunscreen!


Kizzy, blogger behind Kizzy Online, originally created this blog to use as her personal life journal. When she moved from the Netherlands to the United States in 2010, she started focusing more on beauty, fashion and lifestyle. She also writes about her life as a wife and a mom of 2 in San Diego, California.


  1. You are so right Kizzy. Everyone should use SPF no matter what skin tone you have. I feel like people didn’t care and relise it, but it’s so very important to protect our skin. Sun is lovely, warm and full of Vitamin D, but at the same time so very dangerous to our skin.

  2. Yes! I have an olive skin tone, but that doesn’t make me exempt from sunblock and other skincare rituals. It’s just as important for us because it’s not always evident that we’re burning!

  3. Nicole McMillen Says: May 30, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Everyone needs to protect their skin to stay beautiful. Stay pretty my friend!

  4. Thank you, Nicole! xoxo

  5. Very true!

  6. Very! And most people don’t realize this until it’s too late.

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