Safe Sun: Black Women Need Protection, Too

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According to, “Late-stage melanoma diagnoses are more prevalent among minority patients than Caucasian patients; 52 percent of non-Hispanic black patients and 26 percent of Hispanic patients receive an initial diagnosis of advanced stage melanoma, versus 16 percent of non-Hispanic white patients.”

In other words, 1 in 2 Black women diagnosed with melanoma will need to have more invasive treatments than any other groups when diagnosed. Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about Black people and skin cancer so we don’t immediately seek the advice of a dermatologist when we notice problems with our skin.

Being the daughter of a nurse, I truly believe that prevention is key. So below are a few products that you can use to  protect your skin from damaging sun rays. Note: I’ve used every product listed and the product links are affiliate links.


L’Oreal Advanced RevitaLift Complete Day Cream, 1.7-Ounce

I have acne prone skin but I still believe in moisturizer. I use this on the days when I’m  not using bb cream. It is SPF 18. You can buy this product or read the reviews here.

Mineral Makeup

L’Oreal Paris True Match Naturale Mineral Foundation

Before you laugh, yes I wear drug store make up. This one is a perfect match for my skin and it has SPF 19. I usually purchase mine at CVS in Classic Tan because CVS has a great beauty club. But, you can buy it from other drugstores as well as from Amazon.

Banana 50

Banana Boat Ultramist Clear Defense Sunscreen SPF 50, 6 Ounce

This is what goes in the beach bag. If you’re in and out of the water, your sunscreen is not as effective. So after a few hours you might want to re-apply. If you spend a lot of time at the beach like us, you will likely have sandy hands. If you use a spray, you don’t have to rub it in. Here is a link.

You may also check out a lotion based, high SPF sunscreen here.

Take care of yourself by taking care of your skin. While black might not crack, using SPF and minimizing your time in the sun may prevent skin cancer while protecting your skin from sun damage. This is a win-win.


Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click on a link and purchase an item I will receive a commission. Friday Find posts are books  I believe will either entertain or educate my readers. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s  16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” If you click on the link and purchase the item; I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally or believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on

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