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Skin Care Talk: Fading Acne Scars and Hyperpigmentation

As if dealing with Acne isn’t already traumatizing and hard enough, once they’re gone, we’re left to deal with hyperpigmentation marks and scars! I dealt with a huge acne outbreak about half a year ago and I was ecstatic to see it go, except when I realized that those pesky marks were actually sticking around for a while. So to continue being a good skin obsessed and a super informed beauty product consumer I researched like a mad woman and tried a few different things. 

Lancome Bright Expert: is one of my favourites even to this day. This is a product designed to even out skin tone by gently brightening any marks and areas. This isn’t a spot treatment, it’s meant to be applied all over the face. I found that within 3-4 weeks of using this, my marks were fading fast! I still use this because even though I don’t have acne issues and hyperpigmentation to deal with anymore, it’s helping me with any uneveness and redness in my skin. It’s a pretty thin lotion consistency and absorbs fast. Use a tiny bit for the whole face! It’s expensive so make it last. 

Lancome Genifique Serum: I first used this about a year ago and saw an improvement in my skin’s tone and texture. It was also the very first serum I’ve ever tried so when I was done with my first bottle, I went and tried other serums like Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair and Kiehl’s. Well Estee Lauder did nothing for my skin and Kiehl’s burned my skin due to lavender and other essential oils that didn’t agree with my skin. When you look at the ingredient list for Lancome’s Genifique, you notice that there isn’t a single active ingredient like AHA or BHA. But somehow it works. It makes my skin brighter, more even and I actually feel confident enough to go make up free after using this. The effects go away as soon as you stop using this and it’s pretty expensive so try a sample first. 

Peter Thomas Roth 10% Glycolic Moisturizer: Well it doesn’t have to be Peter Thomas Roth’s glycolic moisturizer. I’ve used Neostrata (from Shoppers) and I’ve had good results with that as well. As long as glycolic acid is present, the moisturizer is going to work hard over night to shed any unwanted dead skin cells to reveal the pretty healthy smooth skin underneath. If you have never used glycolic or salicylic acid before, I suggest you try Neostrata’s Smoothing Cream in level 1. It only contains 6% glycolic which means it’s going to be gentle and by the time you’re finished with the jar, your skin is going to be used to gentle chemical exfoliating and will be able to tolerate a higher concentration. This most definitely is a super performing ingredient and is my best friend in dealing with hyperpigmentation caused by acne! 

Sunscreen: MUST USE A GOOD SUNSCREEN EVERYDAY TO FADE DARK SPOTS AND HYPERPIGMENTATION. When I was in my teens, I never cared about skincare nor did I care about protecting my skin from the sun. Well I do now and so should everyone. Sun damage causes our skin to become older, leathery, spotty and all kinds of no thank you’s. If you’re trying to face spots and marks on your face and don’t wear sunscreen, you may as well just throw everything else away because nothing is going to work unless you protect your skin against the sun’s harmful rays. I always wear SPF 50 and above because I don’t want photoaging (I’m serious!). Sure I don’t have a sexy Victoria’s Secret tan but I also look a few years younger than my age and I don’t have any spots and wrinkles all thanks to daily sunscreen wearing. 

Other stuff to consider when dealing with acne scars and hyperpigmentation: 

Vitamin C: They come in various forms- serums being the most popular but you can just use pure fresh lemon juice and apply to your skin all over (don’t forget to wash off after about 10-15 minutes). Vitamin C in lemon juice is known for its lightening properties! Alternatively, If you want some natural looking highlights but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars at a salon or use sun-in to turn your hair into straw, you can liberally apply lemon juice to strands you want to lighten and sit out in the sun (don’t forget to wear sunscreen! :) 

Hydroquinone: is another super effective ingredient in fading away unwanted marks and spots. I personally haven’t used it only because I felt that the combination of my serum and gycolic acide cream were working well enough for me but beauty and skin junkies swear by this magic ingredient. Skin care makers like Murad, Peter Thomas Roth and Dr. Brandt all make some kind of acne spot fading products with this ingredient. 

Lately, there’s been such a huge interest in fading dark spots and there’s been quite a few products that’s been launched specifically to target them. I think as long as you see some tried- tested and true ingredients like glycolic acid, vitamin C, hydroquinone, they’re worth a try. As for the Lancome Bright Expert and Genifique Serums, I love them but cannot figure out why they are so effective due to lack of any highly effective active ingredients. They’re expensive and the ingredient list looks pretty standard- no actives, and some even contain silicon. But there’s also glowing reviews online for how effective they are! I’m not a chemist or a dermatologist so I can’t theorize on why but I think it is safe to assume that a prestige brand is always going to have solid scientific research and testing behind every product on their roster and you just have to try it to see for yourself. 

Try these remedies, products and tips and say goodbye to stupid acne marks! 

Julia Sharing :) 

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