One of the biggest concerns about my skin, outside the hair, is the hyperpigmentation my skin has suffered from years of shaving and tweezing and ingrowns.
I am honestly more self-conscious about the dark marks than the hair! I can epilate the hair no problem but the scars stay for quite some time.
Sometimes, it feels like they will never go away.
But the good part of it is this: most blemishes and scars are on the epidermis layers of our skin:
With that being said, most fading creams for blemishes (if they are good products) will penetrate the epidermis layer. If you use these products long enough, you may start to see your blemishes fade. Some microdermabrasion treatments will remove the damaged layers of the epidermis to reveal healthier looking skin. Chemical peels also remove the blemishes on this layer of skin.
Blemishes in the epidermis layer look brownish or reddish like in the pics below, before and after a chemical peel, courtesy of The Laser Spa website:
Blemishes that are more blue and grey-ish are probably in the dermis layers and will be way more difficult to treat without the assistance of a dermatologist. Chat with one to determine which type of hyperpigmentation you have.
Sunscreen is so important because it blocks harmful rays that do even more damage to our skin, even when we think our skin is flawless. You see, if you are taking a medication to fade dark spots, it will only work as long as your skin is protected from the elements, mainly the sun. The sun will simply make you darker, making the medication or cream you are using less effective. Even darker toned people like Blacks, Hispanics, Indians and Middle Easterners should very much so be using sunscreen if they have hyperpigmentation.
It’s actually a pretty well-known regimen to use sunscreen when dealing with scars and blemishes….one that I neglected until now!
When buying a good sunscreen consider the following:
- Is it a reputable brand with rave reviews?
- Does it have at least SPF 30?
- Does it specifically state “Broad Spectrum” protection?
- Does it NOT cost an arm and a leg?!
If you can answer yes to all four of those questions, you probably found a very good sunscreen for yourself! I use Neutrogena Clear Face myself.
I cannot really say if it’s working or not because I just bought it, plus, I have not received the product I will be using to fade my blemishes and scars from my hirsutism.
This is what I will be using to try to eliminate some of my scars on my face. This product line is called Forces Of Nature and it is the only USDA approved skin care line for a number of health conditions including athlete’s foot, eczema, acne, arthritis and hyperpigmentation scars.
So I will definitely keep you all up to date about my progress with the Scar Treatment. I’m all for using all natural products so I really look forward to this!
So remember to always protect your skin even if you don’t suffer from hyperpigmentation at all. And always protect your skin no matter how light or dark your skin is.