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Acne scars can be a constant battle, and in our last post, we shed some light on it. The thing is, you might think you have acne scars like the rest of the world but think you don’t. You might just have PIH.
In this post, we shared how Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) is basically your body reacting to inflammation. It’s completely normal. When your skin becomes inflamed due to irritation, acne or rashes, your skin produces excess melanin in its bid to heal it. This melanin, which is responsible for your skin tone/pigmentation, then darkens the are and leaves hyperpigmentation.
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But the golden question is – how the heck do we cure it once and for all? Well, t. are 5 super agents that can get this job done. And we have all the juicy details. Check them out;
AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)
These acids come in a bunch of types including glycolic and lactic acids. These acids speed up the exfoliating process on the skin which eventually reduces the appearance of the hyperpigmentation.
Now, they are commonly found in skin brightening & anti-ageing products, however, we still suggest you confirm from the list of ingredients on the packaging.
This is one of the most popular treatments for hyperpigmentation. It comes in various strengths – 1 – 2% for over the counter products, 3-4% for prescribed treatments, and works by blocking the enzyme that produces melanin. As this enzyme is blocked, your skin will get lighter, t.fore, reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
We suggest combining hydroquinone with vitamin c, tretinoin, glycolic acid or other lightening ingredients to increase effectiveness. Also, apply on only dark areas to avoid lightening your entire skin tone.
If you need to reduce inflammation and speed up cell turnover in your skin, then definitely get this. This can be used instead of hydroquinone and we would recommend using it with glycolic acid or tretinoin as well.
These are basically retinoids that can be applied topically (directly on the skin). They work by improving the turnover rate for skin cells, treat acne and also reduce the appearance of PIH.
You can find this in the Retin-A and Retin-A Micro creams. However, note that it could cause itchiness, dryness and irritation. So, please watch your skin during use.
Ask a professional
Inasmuch as we love to do it ourselves, we cannot undermine the value skin experts bring to the table. Booking a regular spa day or a trip to the Dermatologist would do a wealth of good. They could book you for regular peels to help the process along.
In the end, be sure to ensure your skin’s . to the above ingredients is good before going ahead. You could do a patch test to verify this. If you notice anything wrong, see a doctor immediately.
We hope these tips help. If you have dry skin, we have something for you!
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