Dark marks are a problem for a lot of women with dark skin who suffer from acne and while a lot of products promise a quick, overnight fix, the only way to get rid of them is to find out what works for you personally and turn it into a regular routine.
We’ve all heard the regular advice to wear sunscreen everyday, to not pick at pimples and to not pop them as well as to exfoliate, cleanse tone and moisturize but if dark marks really are a problem for you, you would know that it is not that easy.
What causes dark marks?
Damaging the skin by picking or popping pimples can cause hyperpigmentation in which the skin either produces too much pigment or the pigment is deposited deep within the skin, resulting in dark spots.
These spots often take months or even years to fade and if you are constantly damaging the skin, the cycle of dark spots will never fade.
Unfortunately, sometimes you don’t even have to damage the skin for dark marks to form as pimples sometimes leave the marks behind when they go down/go away.
What causes acne (pimples)?
Acne develops when there is an overproduction of oil in the skin. That oil mixes with bacteria within the pores and blocks the pore openings.
These blockages then swell to form the bumps that you see.
How to treat problem skin?
Seeing as pimples are the root cause for dark marks, they should be treated first. And that is where the three step skincare process comes in:
Cleanse (wash), tone and moisturize. You should also remember to exfoliate two to three times a week.
This helps keep the skin clean so that the natural levels oil and bacteria do not increase and clog the pores.
If you have oily skin, it also helps to blot your skin regularly with tissue as this sucks up excess oil.
And now to treat dark marks
There are hundreds of routines all over the internet from various beauty vloggers all over the world but that just proves that there is no “one size fits all” solution.
And that is why you need to find out which combination of these treatments works for you.
1. Treatment serums:
These are thee go-to products for treating hyperpigmentation aka “dark marks.” They contain essential ingredients like retinoids, acids such as salicylic, glycolic and kojic acid and vitamins used in lightening the dark marks.
2. Facials and chemical peels
These are the most underrated treatments when it comes to skin care. Facials aren’t just something that rich girls and celebrities do in their free time. Facials are ESSENTIAL for great skin.
If you weren’t born with naturally great skin, facials are perfect for helping you get the skin of your dreams. Visit an aesthetician and let her know what your skin problem is so she can recommend a treatment.
This bleaching agent is mostly found in lightening creams but is also included in spot treatments used for dark marks.
4. Natural products
A lot of you aren't keen on chemicals and you're also working on a budget so natural products and oils might work best for you.
Things such as African black soap, bio oil (yes, you can use it to treat dark marks), aloe, tea tree oil, vitamin c, honey, rose oil, witch hazel and shea butter help greatly with treating dark marks.
So try these out, develop a routine for the morning, before you put on your make up, and at night after you take it off as well as facials and masks for the days when you're not wearing make-up. Good luck and please let us know when you find out what works for you.
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