When it comes to black skin care, dealing with those dangerous black spots seems to be one of our biggest issues. It does not matter whether you are light-skinned or have darker skin, which only shows dark spots.
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Where Do They Come From?
- The dark spots we see are from the extra pigment that can form in (3) different ways:
- Sun damage
- Hormonal changes such as melasma
- Inflammatory processes are known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), which follow acne or trauma to the skin in the form of dark scars.
- Melasma is a condition where skin color darkens during pregnancy due to estrogen-type hormone increases or birth control pills or hormone replacement.
Now I'm sure we have all seen those nasty souvenirs that are left over after a pimple has gone away or a cut has healed and the dark spot is left hanging around. That is what we call post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This is very common in black skin and can be quite annoying.
How Do You Get Rid of Them?
The key really is to prevent them from forming in the first place. So, you need to shield any blemish or wound, no matter how small, from the sun.
Just because we may not be "sun worshippers" does not mean that our skin cannot become sun-damaged. Make sure you add a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 to your daily routine.
Step 1: Exfoliate
remove the dead skin cells so active ingredients can better penetrate
Step 2: Lighten and Brighten
- with hydroquinone being the anchor ingredient. The doctors have found it is best to layer lightening and brightening ingredients onto the skin.
- using a toner that contains hydroquinone is an effective way to provide a rapid dose of this highly effective lightening agent to the skin.
- for best results, this should be followed with a hydroquinone lotion or cream which provides a more sustained dose, for prolonged treatment.
Step 3: Protect
Treating skin for hyperpigmentation without protecting it from further sun exposure is like going up the down escalator. The sun will trigger more pigment to be released as you are trying to slow it down.
- wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen is extremely important when treating the dark spots to keep the unwanted pigment from returning.