asian meme

I have decided to start an Asian Beauty series because well, hello, I’m Asian and I am a beauty….blogger 😛  So what does it mean?  It means that I will feature more Asian beauty products and introduce you to more Asian beauties.

Anyway, today I’m going to talk a bit about Asian skin.

What Is Asian Skin?

Totally stating the obvious here, but Asian skin is skin of Asian people, i.e.  Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, etc, etc.

Asian Skin vs Caucasian Skin

1.  Asians tend to have a thicker and denser dermal layer of the skin and there is a higher concentration of collagen, which means age-related skin changes are not as marked as Caucasians.

So true!  Asians have a tendency to look younger than their real age!

[Asian Skin 1 : Caucasian Skin 0]

2. Asians have a more compact epidermis (top layer of skin) which tends to reduce the absorption of skincare substances when applied to the skin.

This probably explains why Asians pile on more potent potions and lotions and the Koreans have developed a basic 5 step skincare routine but that can probably double up to 10 steps easily!

[Asian Skin 0 : Caucasian Skin 1]

3. Asians have darker skin than Caucasians.  The absolute number of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) are similar between the Caucasians and Asians, but Asians tend to produce more melanin which tend to be distributed more towards the surface of the skin, thus the darker skin.

Yeah, isn’t it funny how most Caucasians love to tan their skin whereas most Asians love to whiten their skin.

 [Asian Skin 0 : Caucasian Skin 0]

4. Asian skin responds differently to sun exposure than Caucasian skin.  Asian skin tends to tan more and burn less, which means chronic UV exposure tends to produce more pigmentation-related problems for Asians.

I have freckles and sunspots all around my cheeks and nose, thanks to the strong Aussie sun!  GAH!

 [Asian Skin 0 : Caucasian Skin 1]

5. Asian skin reponds differently to trauma (physical, surgical, chemical or light). They tend to produce more post-inflammatory/traumatic hyperpigmentation, which leaves patchy brown marks on the site of skin injury and this does not resolve easily.  This is often seen in people with minor scratches or something trivial such as an insect bite.  This is also seen in individuals receiving cosmetic laser skin treatments, but end up with paradoxically worse pigmentation after the treatment.

Hyperpigmentation can kiss my a$$!

 [Asian Skin 0 : Caucasian Skin 1]

6.  Asians have a higher rate of unsightly scars, e.g. keloid and hypertrophic scars.

I can definitely vouch for that because I have stupid forehead scars from a car accident when I was 18.  Boo!!!

 [Asian Skin 0 : Caucasian Skin 1]

Who wins?

Well, it depends who’s reading this?  

  • If you are Asian, you will rejoice because you look young for your age and you need to spend a bit more on potent skincare products and you must avoid the sun, unless you like the polka dot pigmentation face look.
  • If you are Caucasian, you probably didn’t read this far because you don’t give two monkeys about Asian skin and it’s not as if your skin will lose Cauc anytime soon to turn you Asian!
These findings were derived from Google research on Asian skin.  Of course, I trust everything I read on the internet!!! 😛  Anyway, let me know what your thoughts are on Asian skin!  And what do you think about this pilot post of the Asian Beauty series?  Do you want to read more?


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32 Comments on Asian Beauty : What is Asian Skin and How does it Compare to Caucasian Skin?

  1. 4
    31/07/2012 at 9:38 am (5 years ago)

    Interesting! It’s so true I’m asian and I scar really easily whether its from insect bites or a meagre scratch!! Don’t even get me started on the sun induced freckles *sighs*

    Do you have any advice or products recommendation on how to reduce scars or even better if we can eliminate it?

    • Ling
      31/07/2012 at 2:59 pm (5 years ago)

      @4, Aha! So glad that I’m not the only Asian around here with scars and sun-induced freckles!! 🙂

      My advice is to try EVERYTHING! What works for you may not work on others and vice versa 😛

  2. T
    31/07/2012 at 2:33 pm (5 years ago)

    Do I want to read more?
    No, because it offends me that you made the skin comparisons into a competition of Asians vs Caucasians. Let’s not make this into a race thing yeah?

    Not to mention, your scope of what you define as “Asians” is so small – forgetting that not only South East Asia/East Asians are Asians. What about Indian skins? Turkish? Uzbekistan?

    Instead of writing a disclaimer about it , you went with the ie. and a list of countries you think make up of Asia.

    Please do more research about races before you jump in and write as an “expert” of the area.

    • Ling
      31/07/2012 at 2:58 pm (5 years ago)

      @T, Wow, what can I say? Sorry if you thought it was offensive – but it wasn’t a “race” thing – because if it was, I would clearly have favoured Asian skin!!!!

      The scope of what I define Asians as is simply because those are some of the Asian countries I have been to! And please note the ‘etc etc’ – I am not an atlas!!!

      At no point in the post do I even claim to be an ‘expert’ in the area. I only said I was Asian. Is that okay with you? If not, please don’t read this blog ever again in case you get offended by every little thing I write.

      Have a nice day 🙂

      • T
        31/07/2012 at 3:10 pm (5 years ago)

        Ling, I appreciate your writing back, but you’re missing the point here.

        It doesn’t matter whether you favour one race or not, it’s the fact that you are pitching one race against another with a point system, instead of just comparing the two types of skins.

        And while you don’t “claim” to be an expert, the fact that you wrote an info piece (not an opinion piece) lends your post a voice that is of authority and of expertise. It doesn’t matter whether you explicitly “claim” to be an expert.

        And lastly, I find it slightly wrong that you start out your reply with an apology to me (which I appreciate) but then end it with a flippant “if you don’t like it, don’t read it”.

        Really? I’d rather have you just end with even a half-hearted “sorry but I didn’t mean that.”

        • Ling
          31/07/2012 at 3:43 pm (5 years ago)

          @T, Appreciate the quick reply.

          T, if you’re a long-time reader, then you will probably know the tongue-in-cheek style I write with. The points system is clearly flawed!! If you re-read the “Who Wins?” part, you will see that it really doesn’t matter because everyone is born the way they are born!

          And like I wrote at the end, I took my research from Google and I state with tongue firmly planted in cheek that I obviously believe everything I read on the internet!!!

          And again, written words can be easily misconstrued because of lack of tone. If you know me in real life, you will know that I wasn’t being flippant. If I was, I wouldn’t have said, “Have a nice day! :)” – what’s the point? I would have been flippant all the way! And I would have deleted your comment or just ignored your comment and not bothered replying you at all.

          Anyway, this is kinda funny because it just is 😛 And also, very awkward 😛

  3. jennifer huang
    31/07/2012 at 3:53 pm (5 years ago)

    I can see how T takes this blog post as offensive, but maybe coz I’m Asian too, I don’t see this as offensive? I don’t know, it just seems like a random post about skin. Nothing to be offended by.. not from the way I see it anyway. And i agree with you, HYPERPIGMENTATION CAN KISS IT >:(

    • Ling
      31/07/2012 at 4:06 pm (5 years ago)

      @jennifer huang, I will ask my Caucasian friend to read this to see if they are offended…because I wouldn’t be! It appears that they have superior skin to us which is more resilient! In fact, I think I’m jealous now!!!!!!!!

  4. HappyEverAfter
    31/07/2012 at 4:26 pm (5 years ago)

    Ling, I am feeling for you right now. T has taken this blog post rating system to heart and I will say that I relate to all that you are saying because I am the same oriental Asian as you are. I know you don’t mean to claim superiority or exclude other Asian races in the process.

    Such a tough world we live in today, where we have to always be politically correct. T, I do hope that another beauty blogger will eventually provide more guidance for the Asian skin types you can relate to, so sorry that neither Ling nor I can speak with authority on those skin types.

    • Ling
      31/07/2012 at 8:39 pm (5 years ago)

      @HappyEverAfter, Thanks for the support HappyEverAfter! I was definitely not claiming superiority nor excluding other Asian races! It was never meant to be about race… but oh well….

  5. espenine
    31/07/2012 at 4:53 pm (5 years ago)

    To be honest, I rather look bit older than have the typical Asian hyper-pigmentation which is killing me!!! I can easily develop brown scarring with just a tinnnyyy pimple & it lasts for so many damn weeks!

    • Ling
      31/07/2012 at 8:39 pm (5 years ago)

      @espenine, I concur!!!!!!!! It sucks doesn’t it?

  6. Tegan @ Teganias Thoughts
    31/07/2012 at 5:34 pm (5 years ago)

    Ling, don’t worry I don’t see this as offensive at all! I think it is really cute and totally in the same style of writing that you keep! Anyone can read it and know that you aren’t attacking either type of skin or saying that one is better than the other, it is merely a jokey points system to inject some hilarity into the post.

    I love it, keep writing the way you do! xx

    • Ling
      31/07/2012 at 8:43 pm (5 years ago)

      @Tegan @ Teganias Thoughts, Thanks Tegan!!! I definitely didn’t mean to offend anyone or any race or any skin! Like I said in another comment, I’m actually envious of non-Asian, Caucasian skin!!

      But yeah, will try and continue to write with my cheeky carefree attitude 😛

      Mucho love to you Tegan xoxo

  7. HapaGirl
    31/07/2012 at 8:16 pm (5 years ago)

    Hi Ling, I’ve been reading the blog for a while but have never commented thus far. You’re absolutely right — longtime readers will understand your ironic humor and sometimes tongue-in-cheek writing style. T is taking things way too seriously. It’s all about context here – your post is basically a funny and lighthearted way to tell everyone of all ethnicities to use sunscreen and take care of their skin! Your blog is not a forum for racially motivated categorical comparisons, so readers like T who are subject to misreading and misunderstanding the larger context of your writing need to educate themselves. Just sayin! Also, as a woman of half-Caucasian and half-Asian heritage (hence the “Hapa”), I’ve got to say that your post was spot on. I tend to favor my white side when it comes to freckling and burning easily, but my skin’s undertones are way more Asian-ish golden and when I get a tan, my skin definitely gets many shades darker than when it’s un-tan. Keep up the good work and don’t let ignorant “readers” get you down.

    • Ling
      31/07/2012 at 8:48 pm (5 years ago)

      @HapaGirl, Hi HapaGirl, yay, lovely to hear from a first time commenter!!! And so glad that longtime readers like you ‘get’ me. It’s not that easy keeping up a blog with interesting posts so I thought I’d jazz it up with my cheeky humour. Guess it kinda got misunderstood somewhere…?? Anyway, thanks for teaching me a new word today – “Hapa” – you sound like you have the best of both worlds, in terms of skin 😉 Bet you have a lovely shade of golden dark brown hair too…. ahhh…so jelly! 😛

  8. Sue
    31/07/2012 at 8:53 pm (5 years ago)

    Eeeep I’m not even going to get involved with the comments above.
    Anyways, it’s funny because I actually have very pale skin in comparison to most Asians! My bf is like 5 shades darker than me!!! I wish he would give me some of his tan haha. And I burn quite easily too!!!! Always trying to tan but end up burning sadly 🙁

    • Ling
      31/07/2012 at 8:55 pm (5 years ago)

      @Sue, I know many Asian girls who would love to have very pale skin like you!!! I don’t know how some girls keep so pale! I try to avoid sun but I still get tanned and I get sun spots. Boohoo!!!!

  9. Stacey English
    31/07/2012 at 9:02 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m white as and I thought it was funny, some of the scores made me giggle (Asian 0, Cauc 0) =D

    Some people are just too uptight and obviously “T” is one of them =P

    I get the whole aimed at Asian skin thing as most products sold in Oz are aimed at caucasian skin so it can be hard to find the right colours or formulas if you aren’t “white”. I can see a caucasian beauty lover living in Asia doing the exact opposite helping caucasian girls find suitable products over there.

    • Ling
      31/07/2012 at 9:11 pm (5 years ago)

      @Stacey English, Yay! You giggled! That was my intention 🙂 Thank you 🙂

      It is actually rather difficult to find good foundation shades for my yellow skin in the Western World. And yeah, my post was to illustrate the point that there is a difference in different skin types so that is why there is skincare aimed at Asian skin.

      Anyway, glad I haven’t unintentionally offended you 😉

  10. Taryn Griffiths
    31/07/2012 at 10:34 pm (5 years ago)

    Hi Ling, ive been reading since your Big Aussie Giveaway day. I didnt find it offensive, and im “white”. i actually enjoyed the post and finding out the differences in skin! If anything i’d like to hear another post similiar, but about hair types! because with us “skips” and other “white fella’s” we have so many shades, whereas asians seem to only have thick black hair (or thats all ive seen atleast. you stay true to yourself who gives a rats about people who have opinions about EVERYTHING. I think your blogs are awesome!hope i didnt come across racist, because i did not intend to! hehe =P

    • Ling
      01/08/2012 at 8:13 pm (5 years ago)

      @Taryn Griffiths, *hugs* Thanks Taryn for leaving me such a lovely comment! Although not all Asians have thick black hair 😉 But yeah, you’re right, I will stay true to myself 🙂 And I will definitely consult my hair guru friends to see what they have to say about hair types and get back to you x

  11. Stacey English
    01/08/2012 at 12:35 pm (5 years ago)

    LOL I may be stirring the pot, Ok I am giving it a little shake, but I just realised that “T” can’t be Asian because she’s obviously very thin skinned =D

    On that note I’ll run along now.

  12. Kristen Krascek
    01/08/2012 at 1:45 pm (5 years ago)

    Hi there!

    Your Blog is new to me and I discovered it via FB via Fasion Addict; I have enjoyed what I read so far! It has been interesting to me to see the differences between Asian and Caucasian skin as I didn’t realise that Asians had hyperpigmentation problems and the like (I am Caucasian – BTW, I am not at all offended by your post as I think it was tongue in cheek making the points for and against, plus you seemed to have more negative marks for your skin type!). It is very true that Asians do generally age better than Caucasians (I know, my skin has quite a lot of fine lines and I am early 40s only). I thought the fact you could tan and not burn was a plus by the way! I hate that I don’t tan so easily, burn in about 5-10 minutes and get more and more freckles all the time! (I have a reddish tinge to my hair naturally, though I am brunette and I inherited the redhead characteristics of the freckles, bleahh).

    Keep up the good and fascinating work and keep us posted!

    Kind regards.

    • Ling
      01/08/2012 at 8:16 pm (5 years ago)

      @Kristen Krascek, Thanks Kristen for taking time to leave me a lovely comment 🙂 And yes, I am glad you can totally tell that I was not trying to offend Caucasians at all with my post – hello, you guys have superior skin from my research! 😛

      And ahhhh, you’re a redhead! You lucky woman!!!! Red hair is so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!! With our dark Asian hair, we have to bleach it to smithereens before we can change the colour! Pah!!!!!!

  13. coco
    01/08/2012 at 9:43 pm (5 years ago)

    very interesting and fun facts. thanks for the time into researching and putting it all together in one single post. i do believe everything i found on google too! 🙂

    some people are oversensitive and can be easily offended. it’s their problem. not yours.

    • Ling
      03/08/2012 at 9:26 pm (5 years ago)

      @coco, Google is our BFF 🙂 And yeah, some people are easily offended…sigh…

  14. Milaseer
    09/08/2012 at 7:12 pm (5 years ago)

    Yes, it is unfortunate we live in a world where everything has to be politically correct – even a beauty blog!! 😛 Don’t worry Ling, we love and appreciate your light- hearted, cheeky humour in this serious, cruel and grown up world!! We love you just the way you are so please don’t take what this person said to heart. I don’t think you should have to hold back on your own blog!
    And by the way, i love the Asian Beauty series and would love for you to keep going with it!! 🙂 As you know, us asian women are super obsessed with our skin and particularly about whitening. Still trying to find something that actually does whiten!

    • Ling
      12/08/2012 at 7:42 pm (5 years ago)

      @Milaseer, Thanks for the lovely encouragement Milaseer. It truly means a lot to me. And ooh, I have been trialling a few whitening products so I can’t wait to share it with you all 🙂

  15. Xiomara
    31/01/2014 at 12:08 am (4 years ago)

    Wow, this post is good, my sister is analyzing these kinds
    of things, thus I am going to let know her.

  16. Angela Clare
    10/04/2014 at 12:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Great post. I found out similar things about Asian skin when I was researching Asian skin whitening treatments. Dermatologists suggest Asian skin conditions should be treated more carefully. They suggest using creams that inactivate the melanin production and more conservative chemical peel regimes or laser techniques to reduce the chance of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The good thing about Asian skin is it stays younger looking for longer! Lucky!!!!