Let's Talk About Dark Spots a.k.a Hyperpigmentation
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Hyperpigmentation. Dark spots. Discoloration. No matter what you call it, we've all been there at one point or another. The lasting reminder of a bad breakout, rash or sun damage can be pretty annoying. And in some cases, it can end up being more of a beast to deal with than the initial problem that caused it.
Hyperpigmentation can be used to describe red, brown, pink or even purple-looking spots, clusters or streaks on the surface of the skin. Areas of the skin affected by hyperpigmentation will appear darker than the rest of the skin and may become even more noticeable after spending time in the sun (which further increases melanin) or following an acne breakout. Increased melanin can occur in the epidermis layer of the skin, the deeper dermis layer, or both.
Some discoloration will go away on its own with time, such as mild acne marks or some freckles. But other types might require some extra loving!
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Here are 5 Ways To Prevent/Treat Dark Spots;
1. Don't Pick. When you pick your pimples you create a wound that now has to heal. Your skin is meant to get rid of a pimple or irritation on its own, so you don’t want to mess with this process. Popping a pimple causes inflammation, so you're more likely to see post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation once a pimple heals. Do you ever wonder why after a pimple has dried out the mark doesn’t want to leave? #rude That's post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (or PIH). PIH can affect people with any type of skin tone but tends to affect those with dark skin most often.
2.Wear Sunscreen. "Sun exposure during an active breakout can lead to darkening of inflammatory lesions, prolonging their appearance on your skin and making them harder to fade over time," says Dr. Shereene Idriss from Union Square Dermatology, which means it's important to lather on the sunscreen daily — even when it's cloudy. We recommend Coola Suncare because you can choose from SPF primers, BB creams, setting sprays and regular SPF lotions that will not cause breakouts.
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3.Pick the right products. Waiting for a dark spot to fade can sometimes feel like an eternity! Luckily, there are many products on the market to help speed up the process. Look for ingredients: glycolic acid, vitamin C, kojic acid and bakuchiol, a plant-derived retinol alternative that offers retinol-like results—without the skin irritation or sensitivity. Above you will find three products we've tried and love!
4.Trust the process.Sometimes you just have to trust the healing process and stay positive. The skin is meant to renew itself... In fact, your skin will regenerate itself approximately every 27 days. No good will come of sitting in front of the mirror and examining your flaws. Imagine your skin healing every day and be sure to tell your skin how much you love it and how grateful you are that it is regenerating daily. Proper skin care is essential to maintaining the health and vitality of this protective organ, as long as you're taking care of your skin and following a skincare routine you are doing your best.
5.Get a Peel.Exfoliating treatments like chemical peels remove the upper layers of dead skin helping to reduce the dull appearance of the skin so that it reflects light better and appears to glow. Over time, these treatments can stimulate collagen production, enhance cellular turnover, and reduce the appearance of dark spots. Beware of chemical peels that are too powerful, which can burn the skin. Common active ingredients in pro-grade peels include glycolic, mandelic, salicylic, and lactic acids. While at-home peels are available, they are more likely to slough off dead skin rather than lighten dark spots. If doing a peel in the summer you must be committed to keeping your face out of the sun or VERY protected with SPF and a hat.
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