A Spa Quality Solution to Get Rid of Dark Spots and Patches
Hyperpigmentation is harmless; at least that’s what a Doctor would say. But if you suffer from it, you know that it affects how you feel about yourself.|If you suffer from it, you know that it affects how you feel about yourself.} It makes you self-conscious about your appearance and it makes you less confident. The expression is often repeated \”beauty is only skin deep\”. But there is nothing superficial or vain about wanting to get rid of those dark spots that you know you weren’t born with.|There is nothing superficial or vain about wanting to get rid of those dark spots that you know you weren’t born with.}
Cheer up and let’s do something about it! You know you have it, so what can you do to treat it? How to treat hyperpigmentation depends on the underlying cause and its severity. There are medicinal therapies and laser treatments which you may have already read about and if so, you should know that these treatments are best left to professionals.
Although light therapy has made significant advances, even skilled professionals will first do a spot test on a patch of skin just to make sure that the treatment will not make the condition worse.|Light therapy has made significant advances, even skilled professionals will first do a spot test on a patch of skin just to make sure that the treatment will not make the condition worse.} There are natural alternatives to these invasive methods that produce great results and which you can do at home.
This is where you should begin the process. Later on, I’ll mention something about prevention but at this point, I am assuming that you already have some sort of hyperpigmentation which you want to alleviate. Since acne is a leading cause of hyperpigmentation, we’ll focus on this particular skin condition. It may not be the direct cause of your particular condition, but the solution is the same.
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) is the medical term to describe the dark spots and patches that result from some type of inflammation, most commonly as a reaction to acne. Acne hyperpigmentation is sometimes confused with scarring. But the two are very different.|The two are very different.} Acne scarring is damage that occurs deep within the skin whereas acne hyperpigmentation occurs closer to the surface where the pigment cells are located. The best approach for acne hyperpigmentation is a chemical peel.
If you have raised acne, you need to prevent tearing the skin. This could make your situation worse and can lead to further darkening of the inflamed skin. The only way you can remove the darkened skin cells without scrubbing is with a safe but effective at-home chemical peel. Why \”at-home\”? Here is an analogy: If you’ve ever barbecued you know that there are two basic cooking techniques: \”high and fast\” versus \”slow and low\”. When you want to quickly grill a burger or a hotdog, you use a high flame and let the meat sit for only a few minutes. more
There’s nothing wrong with this technique but to produce the most delicious, savory dishes, nothing beats a low heat and a few hours of cooking. I am making this analogy to describe the difference between the super-strong chemical peel treatments that are offered by Estheticians and Dermatologists versus the less potent but arguably the safer method for hyperpigmentation treatment which is: do it yourself, at home, over a period of several weeks.
I have read countless of forum posts by women who have suffered burns and peeling skin due to an incorrect application of super strong chemicals peels and this is why I do NOT recommend that treatment especially when there are natural alternatives available. Spa quality facial peel without the \”burn\”. Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids (AHA and BHA) occur naturally in sugar cane, fruit, milk and vegetables. They dissolve the \”glue\” that binds dead cells to the surface of the skin and they encourage the formation of collagen in the skin. They can be used over a period of weeks and adjusted as needed based on the results that you see.
These acids work by lightening only the darker skin. They target the discoloration but leave the unaffected skin alone. A facial peel is most effective within the first 10 minutes of application. After that point the pH level of your skin will rise and neutralize the acid. This is generally the case if you are using an alpha or beta hydroxy acid with a concentration that is less than 5 %. Acids with higher concentrations will continue to be active for allot longer. To neutralize the acid, all you have to do is rinse your face with water. This will raise the pH level of your skin and halt the process. It’s safe, gentle and best of all, effective! Two of the most commonly used AHAs are glycolic and lactic acids.
Glycolic acid works best on skin that is balanced, neither overly dry nor excessively oily. Lactic acid is the mildest AHA and is therefore a better choice for skin that tends to be dry or sensitive. It is also ideal for mature skin, because it increases hydration as it loosens and dissolves dead skin cells. Salicylic acid is currently the only beta hydroxy acid used for skin exfoliation. It is a naturally occurring substance found in a wide range of plants such as black willow bark, slippery elm bark, cacao, yarrow, cloves and birch Bark, just to name a few.
In addition to exfoliating the skin, salicylic acid is a potent antiseptic and antibacterial agent, so it serves a dual purpose in both the treatment of hyperpigmentation and acne. Sun protection isn’t just for people with fair skin. A common misconception is that people with darker skin have to worry less about sun damage than those who have a light complexion.
While it’s true that your natural pigment will offer some protection against the damaging effects of the sun, brown skin is still susceptible to spotting and discoloration. Aside from acne, sun damage is a leading cause of hyperpigmentation and it’s also the most preventable. All it takes is a little bit of sunscreen applied to the face and neck area. If you are going to do a hyperpigmentation treatment using a chemical peel, you should know that Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
Therefore, you must wear sunscreen (dermclear) every day and limit sun exposure while treating the hyperpigmentation.|You must wear sunscreen (SPF 15, minimum) every day and limit sun exposure while treating the hyperpigmentation.} You should continue to use sunscreen every day even after you have successfully undergone the treatment, to protect your skin from the harmful effects of ultra violet rays. Start now! A facial peel is easy to do, it’s safe and effective when done properly and can be done in the comfort of your own home.