How to Remove Dark Spots Caused by Acne. When it comes to the face, you would want to try anything which claims of helping you in getting rid of the dark spots left behind by those unwanted pimples. Isn’t it? But for the sake of your skin, don’t just try anything.
Fading away from acne spots can take time. While you shouldn’t haste, you need not worry or wait forever in the hope of the spots fading on their own. Most of these spots can be treated with home remedies (backed up by anecdotal records). Some cases may require dermatology treatments or over the counter products available which you can opt for to remove these quickly.
Before we take you through these methods, it is important for you to first understand what causes these spots.
Melanin gives your skin its color which is present in the skin cells. Now, a pimple formed on the face is medically an inflammation. When this inflammation heals, new skin cells are formed. At this point, there could be a possibility that these new cells contain more melanin which results in the darker patch on the skin. It is termed as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
1. What can you do at home to treat post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation?
Below given are some home remedies which you can try. While there are no studies to support and these are backed up only by anecdotal records, these are generally considered safe.
Vitamin C & E
Both vitamin C and E are a great source of keeping healthy skin. Even when dealing with these acne spots, these prove to be effective depigmenting agents.
Squeeze lemon juice on a cotton ball or a cotton swab and then apply it to your dark spots. Let it rest for 10 minutes and then apply moisturizing oil on top of it without rinsing the lemon off. Lemon juice is a natural skin-lightening agent.
For vitamin E, cut the top of the capsule with about 40 IU of vitamin E. This can be applied directly to the dark spot with your fingertip or a cotton ball. Let it rest overnight.
Since vitamin E is a moisturizer itself, you not need to apply additional moisturizers after this treatment.
While studies to support the use of aloe vera for treating post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation are still awaited, there is no dearth of its usage in the world of beauty.
From using aloe vera gel directly to adding it along with other products, aloe vera is one of the favorite natural products in salons. Aloe vera acts as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent with no significant side effects. You may check for the various ways of using aloe vera online.
Guarding Against The Sun
If you are treating yourself for acne spots, you need to incorporate this step first of all. Irrespective of the weather, sunny or overcast, applying sunscreen prevents your skin from the damage.
Talk to your physician or dermatologist for over the counter (OTC) treatments that he may recommend. These ingredients control the synthesis of melanin in dark spots during the peeling off old skin and encouraging new growth.
These ingredients include:
- Retinoids (vitamin A)
- Vitamin E (tocopherol)
- Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA)
- Kojic acid
- Azelaic acid
If the above doesn’t help, you may want to go for treatments that a dermatologist can only provide. Depending on your case, a dermatologist may opt for treatments like:
- Laser Resurfacing
- Chemical Peels
Taking adequate care of the skin is the prevention you can take to control most of the skin-related issues. As a part of your skincare regime, be careful of the facts like:
- Applying sunscreen every day
- Cleansing and moisturizing daily
- Making use of toner and scrubber
- Purchasing products based on the ingredients and not price
- Eating a balanced diet
- Taking enough sleep
- Keeping away stress as much possible
Like other organs, your skin demands equal care. Be sure that you pay sue attention to it. Do not assume that costly products will give you the best results. Go for mild products and particularly the ones that are bought internationally or sold online.
Not every product will have its ingredients labeled, so this is where your discretion comes in use.