For an idyllic summer, the picturesque dream is sitting on an island next to high water. The kind with rolling waves and calm blues. It is hot but not hellish hot. Imagine soaking in the sun and sipping on margaritas but .... battling dry skin and intense pigmentation. Focus stops. Did you forget that you need intense hydration i.e high water? Even worse, did you apply sunscreen? Hello, hyperpigmentation.
You must have heard the phrase “ hell or high water “ which means getting something done no matter the obstacles. Well, replace “hell” with “hyperpigmentation” and continue to read. Dry skin results in flaky and irritated skin. Without hydrating the skin, this can cause scarring. Excessive sun exposure with little sun protection can cause patchy and intense pigmentation known as hyperpigmentation. In the search for healthy skin, the most common struggles include battling acne scars, managing skin hydrating levels and balancing skin ph. Dry out the acne too much and it can leave scars ; hydrate too much and the pores can become clogged and inflamed further leading to more scars and intense pigmentation in a self sabotaging feedback loop. Radiant complexion is always goals. Hyperpigmentation can be solved over time so do not throw the towel in yet. Your skincare sensei is here.
Hyperpigmentation is the excess darkening of the skin due to multiple causes such as pregnancy, birth control pills, sun exposure, acne etc. This article focuses on dark spots aka post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne. Pun intended, we refer to high water as intense hydration. Finding a fine line between adequate hydration and excess hydration is like walking a tightrope in kitten heels. No big deal, think of the glass half full at least you are not tight roping in Louboutins. Acrobat or not, managing your skincare routine requires flexibility and finesse.
Here are some tips to handle your hyperpigmentation
Sunscreen is your new sidekick: Excess sun exposure is a major culprit in hyperpigmentation. UV rays can trigger melanin production, leading to dark spots. Make sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher a daily habit, even on cloudy days. This step will help protect your skin and wade away harmful UV rays.
Topical Treatments: Incorporate skincare products with ingredients like arbutin, kojic acid, vitamin C, or niacinamide into your routine. These ingredients help fade existing pigmentation and clear up black spots. They help to even skin tone with consistent and committed use. Choose hypoallergenic non-parfum products if you have sensitive skin.
Exfoliate Regularly: This is a very effective option. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and can improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation. The more you exfoliate the more your skin works to reveal newer and brighter skin. Consider using chemical exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). If you have sensitive skin, consider mechanical exfoliants. Start slowly and patch-test to avoid irritation.
Professional Treatments: Consider professional treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or laser therapy. You can get targeted facials at most spas under the guidance of experienced estheticians.
Balance and Glow from Within: If Acne is the major culprit in causing your black spots, it is best to switch your diet from high fat to a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, fibre, vitamins, and minerals that can promote overall skin health. Fruits and vegetables like berries, kiwi, carrots, leafy greens as well as nuts are your skin's best kickass supporters.
High water : Staying well-hydrated is essential for supple and radiant skin. Staying hydrates includes drinking water and applying heavy duty moisturisers to ensure hydrated skin. Hydrated skin is less likely to develop hyperpigmentation or show signs of aging.
Even skin tone is not a myth. You can get the radiant complexion you have always dreamed of. You just need to be more proactive with your skincare. That's why your new skincare sensei, Angele Ammal, is here. Call us by our name. *wink*
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