This has been one of the biggest requests yet! This is also one of the hardest topics to tackle because there are so many possibilities as to the cause of “dark spots”. What are “dark spots” you might ask, well some of you may know them by their leading names: sun spots, liver spots, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation. But what is the leading cause?
Well one “leading cause” tops the chart…hormones. As life “develops” or as our bodies change we are all affected differently. Unfortunately, it can show on the face via hyperpigmentation, acne, and liver spots. Another cause is exposure to the sun. Although there are many wonderful benefits of sitting in the sun it can also be the cause of those little or big dark spots on your face and skin.
Here are a few other reasons dark spots occur: genetics, pregnancy, stress, improper skincare, menopause, post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, liver disease, birth control pills, result of acne, and result of harsh chemicals
Treatment solutions include enzyme or chemical peels, microdermabrasion, galvanic current, high frequency, and light therapy. There a few at home remedies but it depends on the cause. For acne scars you can try raw aloe Vera gel and lemon juice and Vitamin E.
Cleansing your skin daily can also reduce these spots especially if the cause is acne. Possibly using a product with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) such as glycolic, lactic, malic, and tartaric acids or Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) such as salicylic and citric acids can help, just be aware that most over the counter products are required to have no more than 10% of these ingredients in them and most likely most of them have far less so the effectiveness may take a little longer
By the way if acne seems to be an ongoing issue…even if you feel you are doing everything right try to look at other causes such as hair care products, perhaps that leave-in-conditioner is causing a reaction. Another cause could be your pillowcase; if you do not change your pillow case often you are laying your face on possible bacteria or various chemicals from hair products or old makeup every night.
Lightening serums/creams can help, but if you find a lightening serum that contains hydroquinone –which breaks down the melanin but also removes the protective barrier around the cell making it possible for the cell to be exposed and besides it has been banned in the UK due to the effect on your overall health– use caution and increase sunscreen or better yet how about we just avoid that one…moving on. Creams with kojic acid in them are a great alternative. Also, always remember to wear sunscreen while using products that help to lighted dark spots because dark spots can return if triggered by the sun.
Hopefully, this helps you on your journey to ridding your skin of dark spots. If you should have any questions or would like to come in for a consultation with me or know someone who would, please pass on my information. I believe skin care is an individual issue and not a one size fits all. So, please let me know how I can further help.
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