“BLACK DON’T crack” is a saying that the majority of black people have heard time and time again. Whether it’s staring at pictures of your favourite black celebrities and marvelling at their youthful appearance, to your very own family members, black people across the diaspora have this unifying ability to look younger than their current age.
It’s one of their many unexplainable talents actually – like their innate sense of rhythm and inherent knack for creativity from music to art.
But thanks to a recent study from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, we now know why black people tend to look younger than their caucausian counterparts – and the reason is more than skin deep and goes right to the bone.
According to the study, entitled Long-term Patterns of Age-Related Facial Bone Loss in Blackl Individuals , black people are not only born with denser bones in their faces, but those very bones don’t break down as quickly – particularly the bone between the eyes and cheekbones – compared to cauycasio people.
This results in black faces maintaining structural support for a longer period of time, resulting in younger looking skin for longer.
Boris Paskhover, a facial plastic surgeon at Rutegers who led the study, said: “This is why black people look like themselves longer.” Paskhover said all faces change over time, but the bone structure in black people doesn’t change at the same rate as caucasion faces for this very reason.
The study looked at 20 black patients from around the world over a 10-year-period, with an age range between 40 to 55.
“This study is the first to our knowledge to document longitudinal bony changes of the face among a population of black individuals,” the report reads. “Although significant facial skeletal changes can be observed over an average 10-year period, they are minor in comparison to previously published data among whites. This study suggests that there may be significant differences in facial bony aging between races which may have an impact on the aesthetics of aging and hold implications for facial rejuvenation.”
Read the full report here