Last week we asked you on Facebook to answer the question, Dark or light skin tones: which do you think is more sensitive to aging? Your answers varied. Here's what Dr. Few has to say:
Lighter and darker skin have their advantages and disadvantages. Lighter skin tends to be more susceptible to aging because of it's greater susceptibility to sun-related damage. Lighter skin also tends to be thinner and less oily than it's darker counterparts, making it more susceptible to environmental forces such as cold, dry weather and smoking.
Darker skin has inherent SPF in it, helping to minimize the damaging effects of the sun. The disadvantage with darker skin is related to an increased risk of hyperpigmentation (darkening) and bad scars with trauma.