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Sunscreen helps with fading hyperpigmentation and blemishes


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:

Courtesy of eMedicinehealth.com

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:

Courtesy of The Laser Spa

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:

  1. Is it a reputable brand with rave reviews?
  2. Does it have at least SPF 30?
  3. Does it specifically state “Broad Spectrum” protection?
  4. 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.

 

 

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DIY blemish removing tonic for ingrown hair and acne scars


Hello All!

So after buying my glycolic acid toner for my dark spots on my face and bikini line after YEARS of shaving and tweezing and ingrowns and mild acne, I decided to delve a little more into glycolic and salicylic acid and found out both are derived from natural extracts…as I suspected!

Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and salicylic acid is from tree bark, willow tree bark to be precise.

I make my own soaps and body washes and just happened to get a shipment of willow tree bark in the mail and a bell went off in my head!

Instead of spending $30-$50 bucks in ULTA (as much as I love them) on acids, just make my own tonic! I almost wanted to say DUH to myself!!!!

The more acidic the extract the better for scar removal because it essentially dries the skin layers up, including the damaged ones, to allow healthy cells to grow clearer skin. Almost what chemical acidic peels do.

The only problem is it dries your skin out making you feel and look like a damn slab of dusty sand paper!

And my skin does just that! Dries out very easily with acid tonics.

So I decided to mix my own acid toner, while incorporating some moisturizing agents in it too.

These are the ingredients I used and why:

  1. Lemon Juice (50%) – well known natural treatment for blemishes and it’s worked for me in the past
  2. Willow Tree Bark (30%) – where salicylic acid comes from, used in commercial chemical peels and products for blemishes
  3. Water – (10%)
  4. Tea Tree oil (1%) – great antioxidant and antiseptic
  5. Hempseed Oil (3%) – anti inflammatory, great for dry skin, does smell kinda funky but I like it!
  6. Jojoba Oil (2%) – Heavy in Vitamin E
  7. Vegetable Glycerin (1%) – excellent at retaining moisture
  8. White Vinegar/Apple Cider Vinegar (1%) – natural ingredient to reduce blemishes
  9. Lavender Oil (1%) – it just smells pretty and I read on several blogs on the internet that it has properties to battle blemishes and scars too.

I just made it today and used it immediately, even though I should have washed my face first. Just in using it, it certainly is not as drying as the commercial glycolic toner I use.

But I certainly am going to be using it for a while before I will see results as with most products.

This is what it looks like after mixing and shaking it up! The Hemp is what makes it green but the lavender makes it smell nice!

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I plan on using this religiously after washing my problem areas. Wish me luck!

Thanks for reading!