Fading Post-Blemish Marks and Hyperpigmentation
What is a post-blemish mark?
After an acne blemish heals it sometimes leaves behind a dark red or purple mark. This dark mark or spot is caused by your body's inflammatory response to the acne pimple. A post-acne mark is also called post-inflammatory pigmentation.
Even when your blemishes are gone, it can take months for post-blemish marks, dark spots and discoloration to fade.
What is hyperpigmentation?
Post-blemish marks are one type of hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is when skin becomes darker in one spot or area because of an increased amount of melanin. Melanin is responsible for skin's "pigment" or color. Post-acne marks, other skin conditions, sun exposure, hormones, pregnancy and certain medications can all cause hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration.
How can I fade post-acne marks and hyperpigmentation?
To speed up the time it takes to fade post-blemish marks and lighten discoloration look for skin care products containing:
- lightening and fading agents
- exfoliating ingredients
- natural skin-brightening extracts
Hydroquinone and 8 HO-Quinoline are both lightening agents which quickly fade acne marks, dark spots and hyperpigmentation. 8 HO-Quinoline is an excellent alternative for people who do not want to use hydroquinone. 8 H0-Quinoline targets pigment clusters and helps lighten dark spots and patches without whitening or fading your overall complexion.
Skin treatments with glycolic or alpha hydroxy acids will also help fade post-acne marks and hyperpigmentation. Glycolic and alpha hydroxy acids exfoliate dead skin cells and encourage new cell turnover. Your discoloration will fade faster and become less noticeable each time you exfoliate and reveal fresher, clearer skin.
Natural alternatives for fading marks and spots
There are many natural and herbal alternatives to help remove post-blemish marks and brighten and even skin tone. These natural ingredients and herbal extracts include:
mallow, yarrow, primrose, peppermint, mulberry, bearberry and lime extracts, licorice, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and azelaic, tartaric ' kojic acids.
For a natural skin-fading alternative, look for lotions and creams that contain 2 or 3 skin-brightening herbal extracts combined with an exfoliating acid.
Eliminating post-acne marks and hyperpigmentation.
Fading post-blemish marks, dark spots and hyperpigmentation is best achieved with a balanced combination of skin lightening agents, natural exfoliants and skin-brightening extracts. Try to incorporate all three into your skin care regime. Be sure to use sun protection to avoid any further darkening or discoloration. With the right balance of ingredients you can easily achieve clear, unmarked, beautiful skin.