Treating Hyperpigmentation following Acne

hyperpigmentation after acneAcne is a distressing problem for sufferers with the physical symptoms often causing psychological damage resulting from lack of self esteem.

But even if the acne problem is temporary long after it has gone the scarring can be permanent. The problem is exacerbated particularly for people of colour where post-traumatic hyperpigmentation can disfigure the skin with darker patches.

This hyperpigmentation is a direct result of the healing process: when the skin encounters a wound, the immune system begins the process of repairing the damage; post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can ensue and dark areas are left on their skin where the blemishes associated with acne were once located. Popping and picking during the acne problem will only exacerbate the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and the dark spots that it causes. The more damaged the skin is by the acne, the darker and larger the spot is likely to be.

These visible marks are highly distressing for sufferers who are often young and very concerned about their appearance. The dark spots left behind by acne are not permanent and over time they will begin to fade. But it can take quite a while for the dark spots to diminish naturally and when you are young, every day matters; your next date might be your partner for life—you cannot miss the chance; you simply don’t have the time to wait for your skin to clear.

Naturally treating hyperpigmentation left by acne

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get your skin back to normal and they don’t need to involve dangerous chemicals which might damage your skin. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that ‘natural’ is a watered-down version of chemical treatments. Natural Treatments are powerful but they work in different ways.

The best treatment option depends largely on the severity of the discoloured skin.

Begin by using preventative measures. Dark skins are also prone to  sun damage and the sun can make dark spots more pronounced. For that reason it is important to properly protect your skin from the sun. Whatever your skin tone, if you have suffered an acne breakout wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen; don’t be a lobster: couple light clothing and wide-brimmed hats to shade your skin from the sun.

Skincare Treatments: There are many ways to treat hyperpigmentation naturally without resort to hydroquinone which cannot be used long term and has proven problems relating to immunotoxicity. The secret is a natural daily regime which is both skin brightening and blemish reducing.

The following Natural Treatments are recommended.

1. Brown Sugar and Honey Facial Rub

(Honey is not vegan)

Method

Take 1 teaspoon of each of  soft brown sugar and raw natural honey and gently massage into the face for few minutes.

Massaging in this way will slough off dead skin cells, increase your circulation and provide more oxygenated blood to the face thus speeding the healing process. Once the massage is complete, leave the mixture on the skin for a further 10 minutes which will allow the honey naturally to naturally dissolve the dead skin skin sells the massage has softened and released.

Remove by rising in lukewarm water and pat skin dry with a clean fluffy towel.

2. Essential Oil Treatments for Hyperpigmentation After Acne:

Rose Hip Oil is valuable in the treatment of Hyperpigmentation following Acne as it both speeds up the healing of the skin and removes scars. Use it twice a day as a moisturiser.  It is classed as a carrier oil so there is no need to dilute.

Carrot Seed Oil both speeds up skin regeneration is an excellent scar remover. But Carrot Seed Oil is powerful so to use,  dilute it with Rosehip Oil in the following proportions: 15ml  of Rosehip Oil blended with 3 drops of Carrot Seed Oil.

3. Cucumber Rub

Cucumber is a skin lightener. To use, cut a piece of cucumber and rub it on the scarred skin every day.  Your skin will quickly heal and the pigmentation will face rapidly.

A warning on restorative treatments: Treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser therapy can help to lighten the scars caused by acne but have the potential to further aggravate the skin. Home treatments are available but will cause irritation which may well worsen your skin problem. If you are considering restorative treatments you need professional advice first, so consult a professional dermatologist before you see a beautician.

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