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Healthy Skin is Happy Skin
August 31, 2020
Suffering from acne can be really annoying and problematic. When you have skin of color, you understand that having a pimple is just one side to the story, the other is dealing with lingering dark spot that can form, lasting so much longer than the pimple. Understanding how to combat those dark spots requires knowledge and patience.
Let’s take a look at the different ways we clear up those spots and learn about what you can do to prevent them.
The medical term for these dark spots are called Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. It is usually triggered by any form of inflammation on the skin. Having a pimple can stimulate a large quantity of redness which we can label as inflammation.
When we breakout, most of us will be tempted to try to pop them. Keep in mind, this can cause more darkening. In fact, picking can be one of the worst things you can do!
As tempted as are, keep your hands off that zit. Try products geared at improving acne inflammation such as products containing benzoyl peroxide, Tea Tree or even serums such as the Triple Force Clearing Serum. Try to avoid extreme exfoliation at this point. Your skin is healing, the last thing you want to do is place concentrated harsh acids or even a harsh physical scrub. Hydrocortisone can also be used at low concentrations to help with an eruptive breakout to help calm the inflammation. Be careful though, long term use can thin out the skin and cause more acne.
Inflammation over time puts stress on our bodies which can cause the release of free radicals. This can stimulate pigmentation to form. Load up on antioxidants like Vitamin C topically or even Ferulic Acid. The Illuminating Booster Serum contains a cocktail of radical fighting antioxidants.
Retinoids are ingredients that stimulate cell turnover. After a few months of use it can help wrinkles, dark spots, acne and even pore size. It helps to speed up newer, brighter and more regenerated skin pushing away the dead pigmented skin. Before you start consult with a dermatologist. Also be careful out in the sun; you can have an increased risk of burning
Exfoliation may not be what you think, it doesn’t involve scrubbing. This can be done gently and not abrasively with use of certain acids. Low concentrations of certain natural chemical exfoliants such as Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid or Lactic Acid can help slough off some of the darkened skin. Avoid higher concentrations of these unless advised by your skin care expert as they may actually contribute more to your dark spots.
Using products with skin lightening abilities can also be helpful. Products that contain ingredients such as Kojic Acid, Alpha Arbutin, Bearberry Extract, Azelaic Acid and Hydroquinone have the ability to reduce melanin production. Melanin is what gives skin pigment. Use with caution as some can cause irritation and further cause more pigmentation to develop. Speak with your Dermatologist further about using these for your skin.
Try The Triple Force Clarifying Creme for balanced look.
Last but not least, wearing an SPF of 30-50 is very important. It can help to prevent further darkening of your skin when exposed to the sun. For optimal results, try applying 15-30 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapplying every 2-3 hours or after water exposure.
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